What is NMD?
NMD was framed in an Arrangement agreed between the UK and the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) in 2014. A President Anastasiades initiative and priority in response to the wishes of Cypriots in the SBAs.
NMD is the term used to describe the new development plan that will soon apply in the SBAs and which aims to offer increased development opportunities to Cypriots in the SBAs.
In other words, NMD refers to development not undertaken by or for the SBAA or British Forces Cyprus (BFC).
As far as possible, it provides for:
- A broad range of development including houses, shops, schools, restaurants, and light industrial facilities.
- Development of privately-owned land and property within the Cypriot inhabited areas on the SBAs.
- Cypriots not previously eligible to reside in and/or operate a business in the SBAs.
- Non-Cypriots to be permitted to own property, reside within the SBAs and establish/operate a business on the same basis as in the RoC.
How will NMD be delivered?
NMD was conceived, developed and delivered in partnership with the RoC Government and the local communities.
It will be delivered in line with:
- A Policy Statement comprising planning zones and detailed policies on what development may be permitted throughout the SBAs.
- SBA planning legislation that is based, as far as possible, on RoC planning legislation.
- UK military requirements and security needs which contribute to western and regional security.
- The wider obligations of the UK, with a focus on environmental protection.
- Applications will be submitted directly to the respective RoC District Town Planning and Housing Office.
- Day-to-day administrative processing of planning and other applications will be undertaken by RoC government officials under delegated authority from the SBAA.
- The SBAA Area Offices will oversee the application procedures and will coordinate an examination and response from BFC, to identify any military and/or security concerns or objections.
- Any additional infrastructure costs (water, roads, schools etc) will fall to the RoC.
- Financial benefits (e.g. taxes, fees) will be collected by the RoC.
- Enforcement will be handled by the SBAA in line with SBA legislation and settled in the SBA Courts.
Why does NMD matter?
NMD represents the most significant change affecting the SBAs since the 1960 Treaty of Establishment.
NMD will greatly balance the development opportunities of Cypriot landowners within the SBAs, with those who live in the RoC.
NMD increases the cooperation between the RoC, the UK and the SBAA/BFC.