Completed illegal building causes concern

2015-06-10 06:01
The Fever recently reported on the construction of an illegal building in Wanda Cele Road (top of School Road) which has since been completed. PHOTO: supplied

The Fever recently reported on the construction of an illegal building in Wanda Cele Road (top of School Road) which has since been completed. PHOTO: supplied

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PROPERTY owners neighbouring and surrounding 23 Wanda Cele (Old Main Road) are concerned as the owner of the premises - Deepak Bhardwaj - has illegally set up a building there.

Municipal officials found that the building encroaches on the road reserve and does not conform to the approved building plans. This was discovered during an inspection on 16 February. The High Court subsequently issued an interdict to stop all building on the property, but building continued and is now it is complete.

Property neighbour Clifford Hole filed an appeal with the KwaZulu-Natal Planning and Development Appeal Tribunal against the rezoning of the property to “limited commercial”

According to the ruling on 23 March, the appeal was upheld. Bhardwaj was directed to submit­ a site development plan and traffic impact study report for reconsideration of his rezoning­ application within 30 days, but this were never done. As a result an application for a demolition order has been filed by eThekwini Municipality with the Durban High Court.

“I am not out to stop Bhardwaj from doing business - the problem is that the business can affect adjacent property values. It looks like the municipality is trying to develop this area on the cheap. If they want this to be a commercial area, it should have expropriated the surrounding properties at market value.

“Furthermore, as an interested member of the community, if Bhardwaj establishes a supermarket, a motor spares business and doctor’s rooms, where is everybody going to park? The road is also a concern since it is a very narrow road with a blind corner which could endanger the lives of pedestrians and cause congestion.

“Reports from municipal and private enterprise traffic and parking experts must put our minds at rest about this. Bhardwaj has also applied­ for a liquor licence, which could have an adverse effect on family life of nearby township residents.” said Hole

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