Home to make way for flats

2016-12-13 06:01

Another block of flats might be on the cards for 34 Wellington Avenue in Wynberg.

An application to demolish the building on erf 67545 has been lodged with Heritage Western Cape (HWC). The single residence currently there is expected to make way for either a block of flats or a townhouse development.

The Wynberg Residents and Ratepayers’ Association (WRRA) says they have no objection to the demolition, as long as the front garden wall, hedge and wrought iron gates are kept to not spoil the street view.

Kristina Davidson, WRRA chairperson and executive committee member for heritage, says: “In development of the site, the WRRA will support a building that is in keeping with the cultural landscape of the area. In other words, the block of flats should fit in with the neighbouring properties on the west side of Wellington Avenue, which are currently single and double-storey houses. To go higher than this would set an undesirable precedent for this part of Wynberg.”

The building has been graded 3C by the heritage resources section of the City of Cape Town.

As the heritage value has been compromised over the years, mostly as a result of inappropriate additions and alterations, the heritage consultants evaluating the property could not find enough reason for the property to be saved. Another factor is that there are no notable heritage properties in the area. However, “the retention of the wall, hedge and gates will keep the status quo of the street edge and streetscape, and screen much of the proposed development”, say the consultants in their report.

The WRRA, which has been approached for comment by HWC, agrees with the specialist that the building is of little heritage significance. The two sides of Wellington Avenue fall into different zones. The eastern side (towards Main Road) is zoned GR4, which allows buildings of up to 25m, which is why a five-storey apartment building is currently under construction at 21 Wellington Avenue.

The western side (towards Victoria Hospital) is zoned GR2, which allows buildings of only 15m or two to three storeys. 34 Wellington is on this side of the road.

The WRRA has warned, however, that the heritage specialist should consult with surrounding neighbours before approving the recommendations.

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