The Council of State plenary put its final stamp of approval on Tuesday on the Hellinikon project on the Attica shore, particularly on the so-called Metropolitan Park of Hellinikon-Agios Kosmas, an ambitious plan totalling 6 billion euros.
In its irrevocable decision, the highest administrative court of Greece rejected petitions by area residents and by ecological organizations including WWF Hellas, who called for the cancellation of a presidential decree approving the comprehensive development plan for the Park, which will extend over nearly 700 hectares. The decree had also approved the terms for environmental and cultural artifact protection and confirmed the boundaries of local streams.
The nearly 550 residents of the areas adjacent to the Park and the ecological organizations also called for the cancellation of the provisions in the decree allowing six hi-rise buildings on the park (max. height of 200 meters), which are to serve as landmarks.
In its ruling, the Council of State said the presidential decree does not violate constitutional regulations protecting the natural and cultural environment, and it rejected the claim that the Park will downgrade the environment and living conditions on adjacent areas, especially on the coastal section of the project.