Concerns over R14bn plan to develop new city near Cape Town

2013-03-18 09:01

Concerns have been raised about a R14 billion plan to develop a new city north of Cape Town.

The main objectors included the National Nuclear Regulator, Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, and the city’s disaster risk management centre, the Cape Times reported today.

These parties said the development would be within the 5km to 16km urgent protective action planning zone, and that any emergency evacuation of a large number of residents would fail.

The area is subject to the Koeberg emergency plan, which requires that it should be evacuated within 16 hours in the event of a nuclear accident.

The site is 29km from central Cape Town and outside the urban edge, but the city has asked the provincial government to extend the urban edge to accommodate the Wescape development.

The development would be built in the next 10 to 15 years and supply around 200 000 homes.

The newspaper previously reported that the population of the “mini-city” was expected to reach 800 000 by 2036.

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