Dec 15 2017

Land privatisation opens way for more development on Turkish coast

Turkey’s High Council on Privatisation, chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, announced it is opening up prime state-owned land on the coast to new development, Hürriyet said.

“If a change is made without it being presented to the municipality, I will not look for any good intentions – it is rent-seeking,” said Gürsel Uçar, the mayor of the coastal resort of Datça, where approximately 5.6 hectares of undeveloped land will be opened up by the decision.

“The whole of Datça is a specially protected environmental area.”

The other areas affected by the decision are Aksu in Antalya, Çiğli in İzmir and Karaköprü in Şanlıurfa.

The meeting also marked swathes of other prime state-owned real estate in Istanbul and on the Turkish coast for privatisation within three years, Hürriyet said.