Town Plan, 1947

Collection: Stavros Economou Archive
Text source:
The architecture of the Cypriots during British rule, 1878-1960 / Costas Georghiou

The architect of the progressive Famagusta Municipality Stavros Economou, prepared the pioneering for the period Town Plan for the purpose of regulating, co-ordinating and providing guidance to meet the needs of the rapidly developing Post-War town. Due to the absence of town planning legislation, as of necessity, the Town Plan was of a preliminary nature. However, it showed the right way to proceed in the future. The Town Plan concerned land use, circulation, development zones and the creation of local centres in the suburbs of Ayios Memnon, Kato Varosha and the old town of Famagusta. An attempt was made to provide sufficient land to cater for the forecast increase of population in the next 50 years and at the same time to safeguard as much land as possible for agricultural needs. The aims of the plan were to control unauthorised development, safeguard antiquities and better building and aesthetic control. In addition to safeguard leisure and recreation spaces and the entire strip of the seafront beach, from the Municipal restaurant ‘Alasia’ up to Ayios Memnon and from Kennedy Avenue up to the waterfront. The internationally famous British architect and town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie, in his July 1947 preliminary report to the Colonial Government, praised the Famagusta Town Plan as an example to be emulated.

From the book: The Architecture of the Cypriots during British Rule 1878-1960, by Costas Georghiou, ΕΝ ΤΥΠΟΙΣ ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ, 2018