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Environment Ministry rejects Kópavogur construction plans

The Ministry for the Environment rejected construction plans submitted by the council of Reykjavík suburb Kópavogur for changing the stable area in Gladheimar in Kópavogur into a business district.

Mayor of Kópavogur Gunnar I. Birgisson told Morgunbladid he found the ministry’s decision strange and added the town council may start legal proceeding to have it changed.

The Iceland National Planning Agency (Skipulagsstofnun) and the local authority Kópavogsbaer had determined the construction plans to tear down stables for company housing did not involve drastic changes for the area, but the Environment Ministry disagreed.

Also the local authority in the neighboring suburb Gardabaer and the Public Roads Administration disagreed with Kópavogur’s plans.

“Gardabaer council disagreed with the plans because it believed the traffic would be too dense because it wanted to have an exclusive right of Reykjanesbraut,” Birgisson said and added the road may have to be tripled to cope with increased traffic.

Birgisson pointed out that Gardabaer had taken a large area in Kauptún under construction, where IKEA’s new facilities are located, which had not been considered a drastic change.

Birgisson said he found it strange that the plans for Gladheimar had been viewed differently.

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