The Shiraz governor has warned activists opposing changes to the city’s historic sites that the developments have all the necessary permits and will go ahead as planned.
Governor Mostafa Amiri told ISNA that the opposition expressed against six proposed buildings in the city “has not been done in good faith.”
The Shiraz Friday Imam has also spoken in favour of the developments, but the deputy minister of urban development has called for legislation to protect the historic sites of Shiraz.
Last week, five eighteenth-century houses were demolished in the city to allow the extension of the Holy Shahcheragh Shrine.
The deputy minister of urban development, Pirouz Hanachi, has said that new development proposals must be clearly weighed against preserving the historic context of a city.