Shopping complex fate hangs in the balance

2018-06-20 06:02

THE proposal for a shopping complex for College Road was once again met with a hindrance, which could mean that the development may be dismissed, this time due to the developer’s late appeal to the Msunduzi Municipality.

Prior to the recent appeal, Vijen Singh Group Holdings had previously submitted an application for a multi-storey shopping complex, along with a petrol station, which was dismissed by the municipality in March who cited issues such as traffic congestion.

The Vijen Singh Group and its hired consultant, Peter Jewell Consulting Services, then chose to appeal this decision.

Many schools have also opposed the proposed shopping complex, such as Maritzburg College who appointed advocate AJ Rall to argue the issue at an advisory meeting held at City Hall last week.

Rall stated that the company had appealed the decision too late and not within the time frame given to them according to the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (Spluma) which states that you have 21 days to appeal a decision.

“To my understanding, both the opposition and the applicants are aware that the applicants were given a notice to appeal the city’s decision of dismissing the project on March 15,” said Rall. He also added that the application to oppose the decision was only handed in on April 6, a day after the deadline.

Though there was mention of the city’s bylaws, which allow for 30 days for an appeal, both parties in attendance agreed that they would follow the Spluma regulation, argued Rall. Peter Jewell, however, argued to the panel that he only opened his email containing the city’s dismissal on March 16 but agreed that the cut-off date was still April 5.

Should the Msunduzi Executive Committee accept the arguments of Rall, which will be brought forward by the advisory panel, the appeal could now be dismissed.

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