Yay or nay townhouse delay

2015-04-30 16:29

The decision about building townhouses on two Claremont properties has been put on hold until subcouncil 20 councillors can have a look for themselves.

The councillors present at a Protea Subcouncil 20 meeting last week voted for a site visit instead of deciding on an application by a developer to subdivide two properties.

The developer, J.H. Coetzee Land Surveyors, has submitted an application to the planning department to subdivide erf 57535 into two portions and erf 57536 into four portions at number 3 and 5 Grace Road. The application to build five townhouses received 15 objections. Over 40 residents in Claremont signed a petition against it.

These concerns were voiced at the Protea Subcouncil 20 meeting last week. Their concerns were also described in a subcouncil 20 report. They related to the sizes of the proposed portions, which they believed were not in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood. They believed the subdivision would decrease the value of all properties in the area.

The objections also included worries that the proposed development would result in an increase in noise levels from cars using the servitude and construction noise. However, the developer who addressed the subcouncil on behalf of the applicant, said with only five townhouses proposed “it is difficult to suggest that there is going to be a substantial increase in noise over and above what is already in place”.

Another objection was to the traffic congestion that could come as a result of the construction. The developer, however, said that traffic congestion was “not an issue”.

Objectors were also concerned about the proposed chimney for an external fireplace which they believed would be a cause of smoke pollution.

However, the developer responded that all chimneys on the common boundaries to neighbouring properties have been removed. The objectors were also concerned about the removal of trees. But the developer said existing alien vegetation would be replaced by substantial new planting of indigenous trees and landscaping. The objectors stated in the subcouncil report that the proposed development would result in the loss of privacy due to the high density and proximity to their properties.

In response the developer said that in four of the five proposed units no building lines were encroached upon at first-floor level.

The report stated that due to the height of the proposed residences and reduction of sunlight, the vegetation in Tudor Gardens would likely be affected. However, the developer explained that aside from the single unit on erf 57535, adjacent to Tudor Gardens, the only first-floor departures applied for were internal and that there were no overlooking features. He further said that the proposed development was in close proximity to a major arterial road and rail network and that the development would support the MyCiti bus service. Once the site visit has been done, the councillors will make a decision at the next subcouncil meeting

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