Call to stop demolition of house

2014-05-23 00:00

GLENWOOD residents have filed an objection to an application to demolish a more than 60-year-old house in the area.

According to residents, the property on 215 Brand Road will be demolished to make way for a DUT student hostel.

Judd Campbell, owner of Corner Café just across the road, one house from the property in question, said they were worried that the peace and quiet of the neighbourhood would be lost.

“We have objected to this senseless application and we will stick to our guns. This will also affect businesses in the area,” said Campbell.

Many buildings in the area are over 60 years old and are regarded as monuments and are protected by KwaZulu-Natal heritage watchdog, Amafa. Any demolition or alterations to the buildings should be approved by Amafa. A resident in the same street, who asked not to be named, said he had applied to Amafa before he could enclose the balcony in his house not far from number 215.

“I had to apply to Amafa for enclosing my balcony, so how can they approve this demolition?” asked the resident.

Resident Ian Jansen said they hoped Amafa will rule in their favour.

Head of Amafa’s built environment section, Ros Devereux confirmed that permits have to be obtained from Amafa for any work on a site where there is a building over 60 years of age.

Devereux said, “Number 215 forms part of a group of houses that retain many of the salient features of the old Glenwood houses. The proposal in question was made by Dale Johnson through his architectural professional Graham Braum. It is for 21 rooms on two levels, with a communal dining and kitchen area on the ground floor and a lounge on the upper floor. Each room has its own shower and toilet en suite.

“The matter will be discussed at the Built Environment Committee meeting to be held on May 29, 2014, so no decision has been taken yet,” she said.

Architectural designer Braum said they are following all the processes in this project. “I’m aware of the objections and I understand the residents’ frustrations. The problem in the area is that there are too many houses which are used by prostitutes. Now the residents have a wrong impression about this particular project but if Amafa gives us a go ahead to demolish, then we will do so.

“But if our application is turned down, then we will abandon it. We are well informed about the municipal by-laws and we will follow them,” said Braum.

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