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Yves Mersch files appeal against construction halt
Luxembourg

Yves Mersch files appeal against construction halt

19.05.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg Central Bank chief Yves Mersch has filed an appeal against the decision by the City of Luxembourg to halt construction of his Eicherfeld villa.

(CS) Luxembourg Central Bank chief Yves Mersch has filed an appeal against the decision by the City of Luxembourg to halt construction of his Eicherfeld villa.

Mersch had been granted permission to build a house at the Eicherfeld by former Luxembourg City mayor Paul Helminger.

However, current mayor Xavier Bettel demanded that construction work be stopped, arguing that the plans for Mersch's villa contradicted planning permissions.

The Eicherfeld is a local recreation area located in the City. Regulations foresee that all buildings in the area need to serve an agricultural or gardening purpose. Refurbishments of existing structures are only allowed if living-space is not increased, and any alterations need to fit in with the general landscape.

On Mersch's property, a smaller building had been torn down completely with plans for a luxury villa to replace it.

The case is set to be heard in the coming weeks.