Paris maintains ban on new towers

26th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 25 (AFP) - Paris city hall on Tuesday brought to an end a heated debate over whether to lift a 25 year-old ban on tower-blocks. The answer is not for now.

PARIS, Nov 25 (AFP) - Paris city hall on Tuesday brought to an end a heated debate over whether to lift a 25 year-old ban on tower-blocks. The answer is not for now.

Under a compromise resolution worked out within the left-wing majority on the city council, the 37-metre height limit in force since 1977 will be maintained and instead there will be a "democratic debate" on whether it should be lifted in the future.

Socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoe was reported to be in favour of a new generation of high-rise buildings, but he was opposed by the Green party who said they would bring unacceptable environmental and social costs.

Right-wing opposition councillors were also against removing the ban, which was introduced under President Valery Giscard D'Estaing.

The city's few claimants to high-rise status - the Montparnasse office tower and some riverside apartment buildings in the 15th arrondissement - were put up under his predecessor Georges Pompidou.


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