Empty erf for sale on Robert Carr

2015-05-06 09:31
The proposed sale of this erf on Robert Carr Avenue in Tokai received support from the local subcouncil last week. 

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The proposed sale of this erf on Robert Carr Avenue in Tokai received support from the local subcouncil last week. PHOTO: monique duval

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The proposed sale of an empty erf in Constantia received support from Protea subcouncil 20 in a meeting last week.

The erf is situated on Robert Carr Avenue in Tokai and is zoned for single residential use.

The subcouncil report on the erf states that the intention is to seek approval from council for the sale by public competition of erf 3503 for residential purpose. The erf is owned by the City.

The property has been prioritised for sale in terms of the department disposal programme for 2014/2015, according to the subcouncil report.

The report further states that the erf is not required for municipal purposes and is appropriately zoned.

The report states that the erf is considered a prime residential property which has the potential for subdivision into two portions.

“Negotiations are ongoing with the City of Cape Town’s electrical department regarding its request to use a portion of the site for the erection of a substation building.”

One objection was received during the required public participation process. This was dealt with in the subcouncil report.

The objection was submitted by the Social Justice Coalition. It campaigns for urban land and urban justice in Cape Town. The objection states “the City must respect and strive to meet the needs of disadvantaged communities, must realise the imperatives of Section 25 and 26 of the Constitution regarding access to the land and adequate housing, equitable spatial patterns and sustainable human settlements, must ensure that social housing developments are prioritised in areas with access to amenities, facility and places of employment and not be situated in peripheral and poor areas far from the CBD and secondary CBD area and that the use of available and state-owned land for mixed, affordable and low-cost housing must be encouraged”.

In response to the objection the City says that it enables access to adequate affordable or low-cost housing in terms of the Housing Act.

The City’s immovable property policy and bylaw also permits the City to dispose of its surplus land, thus enabling access to market-related residential, business and industrial opportunities.

The report further states that in response to the objection the City’s manager of housing land and forward planning of the human settlement directorate says that “the erf is too small to develop as a housing project since the cost per unit exceeds the housing grant received from national housing”.

He advises further that economies of scale are essential in delivering low-cost housing.

It is also stated in the report that the proposed sale of the property was circulated to all relevant City departments for comments and objections so that no relevant department is unaware that the property may be available for its use

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