A new comprehensive territory plan of Bilychi micro-district was introduced in the Department of urban planning and architecture of Kyiv city council’s (Kyiv City State Administration) executive body on February, 4. UA-Times will tell you how will it look like in the nearest 20 years.
According to article 1 of the Law of Ukraine “On the regulation of urban planning activity”, the comprehensive territory plan – is the urban planning documentation, that outlines a planning organization and territory development. In other words, it presents the way a certain part of the city, village or urban community will look like in the future.
According to article 21 of the mentioned law, the project of designed comprehensive territory plan is to be made public, the access not being restricted, and its content being discussed with all the willing residents.
In Kyiv, if TWO actual general layouts are available, and the leading actual position of which are not clear at all, comprehensive territory plans have in practice become the legal basis for all urban planning documentation.
In addition, Kyiv comprehensive territory plans are a great opportunity to legitimize available or planned illegal developments. So, in compliance with the new “Comprehensive territory plan of the blocks in Bilychi and Novobilychi within the Academic Palladin Avenue, Heneral Naumov, Robitnycha, Olevs’ka, Pidlisna, Antonov-Ovsienko, M. Ushakov, Academic Yefremov, M. Ushakov, Robitnycha streets in Svyatoshyn district of Kyiv” further – CTP, CTP of Bilychi) the territory of one of the ponds of former fishery “Nyvka” was assigned to a new housing development.
According to one of the project developers Nataliia Rybkovs’ka, in the micro-district of the new development (№ 13a), which will be built “on water”, it is planned to construct 1485 new flats. The development’s limiting attitude “at the bottom” will be 26 floors.
Local residents, though, are totally against the legalization of such plan. “There have always been springs coming out on the land you are going to develop, and nothing can be built there! The thing you are going to put into action is ecological crime!!”, – says the resident of micro-district Veronika Aheeva. The woman emphasizes that the new multi-storied construction will not only put a significant impact on the pressure increase and already overloaded street network, but also affect nature.
In particular, river Nyvka (Borshchahivka), main carte-de-visite of the district, that floods so called “Sviatoshyno ponds”, will be damaged. “Ponds”, as well as river are fed by springs which is a common local phenomenon. Nevertheless, the woman mentions that the new construction will considerably influence this natural balance due to inevitable decrease of soil water level, which, consequently, will lead to shallowing and drying up of the river.
Moreover, following the graphic material of the actual general layout, the territory of micro-disctrict № 13a, designated for construction, belongs to the fishery’s “waterways”. This information in response to the direct question was confirmed by the designers of comprehensive territory plan.
New construction – main goal
Although it was not straight-forwardly mentioned during the presentation of the project, but similar focal points of the construction lobby were floating around. For instance, let’s have a look at three main ideas, which were defined as high-priority ones by the designers:
- Building in the way of bypass road in the direction of Irpin’. According to the new comprehensive territory plan of Bilychi, motorway P-30, that is nowadays extending from Naumova street to Irpin’, should be “redirected” to the property of the block. A new direction highway will now turn 300 metres to the block and further lead through the glade to the north, across Robitnycha Street, leading directly to Palladina Avenue.
However, the project of comprehensive territory plan does not suppose the extinction of the existing road, which is 9 km shorter. And why would the drivers have to take the bypass?
- Construction of the new metro station and train shed. What is more, in the area of intersection of Robitnycha Street and Palladina Avenue one more terminal metro station, and a train shed nearby are supposed to be built.
A desolated industrial zone and forest are currently situated here.
- Construction of сomplex interceptive junction. This is how the designers explain the building of metro station in an open country, at the intersection of the above-mentioned Robitnycha Street and Palladina Avenue. As it was planned by the designers of the layout, there should be combined railway, urban bus and intercity transport, and also the possibility of leaving your own automobile should be allowed.
However, so-called car-parks, that according to the comprehensive territory plan project should perform the same function of “interception”, are suggested to be placed in the place of “Troitskyi” market. In its turn, the distance from the market to pre-arranged transport junction, is over one kilometer! So, what for are all these construction works carried out?
Local resident and public activist Prokhor Antonenko quite categorically comments on it: “So you’ve drawn this stuff and keep telling us this trash”. He believes that all the plans and schemes, designated for an overview and consultation with Kyiv citizens – have nothing in common with their protection of interests indeed. Therefore, with the help of attractive figures, diagrams and tables they in fact are trying to hide new construction.
Another local citizen Andriy Ishchuk expressed similar opinion. He straight-forwardly asked design engineers of comprehensive territory plan why pre-arranged interceptive car-parks are still marked on the scheme as “the territory of market infrastructure construction site”. He was unbelievably astonished with the answer: “Yes, a shopping mall is supposed to be built here, parking places of which will be dedicated to the “interception” of cars moving from suburbs to the capital”…
Though, even if we accept the idea that the owner of the newly-built shopping mall easily agrees to give his car-park for the needs of the city, why is it necessary to buy a new transfer hub with a separate metro station and restrict all the ways to it, if the distance from expected shopping mall to already existing station “Academmistechko” is 500 m!? This question still remains unanswered…
Translated by Anna Vent