100 new homes approved in Beit Aryeh settlement

Housing approvals are third largest handed out to any single settlement since the end of the 10- month moratorium on new construction.

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August 30, 2011 06:09
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Palestinian workers build Kedumim settlement home

Palestinian workers build settlement home in Kedumim 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)

 
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The Defense Ministry has approved the construction of 100 new homes in the Beit Aryeh settlement as well NIS 6 million in compensation for monetary loses due to the construction of a bypass road between that community and the nearby one of Ofarim, according to the Beit Aryeh Regional Council head Avi Naim.

Beit Aryeh is located 3.8 km. from the pre-1967 line and is located within the boundaries of the security barrier.

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The housing approvals are the third largest handed out to any single settlement since the end of the 10- month moratorium on new construction in September 2010. It follows on the heels of approval of 294 housing units for the Betar Illit settlement and 277 for the Ariel settlement.

According to Naim, as part of work on the road, the Defense Ministry will spend NIS 6 million to compensate some settlers and the Beit Aryeh Regional Council for property loss because some of the land used for the road will be on privately owned land.

In return, the council said it would withdraw a petition before the High Court of Justice against the route of the road.

According to Peace Now the cost of the road’s construction is NIS 7m.

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