Erdoğan says no more high-rise buildings in Turkey
Turkey’s President Erdoğan said he instructed Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning to limit permits for new houses in urban areas to five storeys, according to Turkish mainstream newspaper Hürriyet.
Addressing his party’s central executive board meeting, Erdoğan was quoted as saying that he warned ousted mayors of Ankara and Istanbul to stop permits for high-rise buildings, but they did not listen to him.
Erdoğan said he blames the former ministers of environment for the unplanned urbanisation, and told current minister Mehmet Özhaseki to limit all building permits, nation-wide, to four storeys.
“Özhaseki said to me that 4+1 structures will not pay off for the construction companies, so we agreed on 5+1.” Erdoğan said.
Other members at the ruling AKP’s meeting said Erdoğan’s decision will be followed by demolitions of some high-rise buildings in Ankara and in Istanbul, Hurriyet wrote.
According to an Ahval research, 117 out of 121 sky scrapers in Istanbul are built since Erdoğan came to power in 2002.