Clifton sale may bring mall

2015-05-19 06:00
Preliminary approval for upgrades to the Clifton area, including the sale of four erven, has been noted by subcouncil 16.

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Preliminary approval for upgrades to the Clifton area, including the sale of four erven, has been noted by subcouncil 16. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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An in-principle approval for the sale of land as part of the Clifton precinct upgrade project was presented to the Good Hope subcouncil yesterday.

The proposal suggests the sale of land for the possible development of a three-storey parking lot and over 25 000m² of retail space. It also looks at rationalising the facilities at the Glen Country Club and the Bungalows restaurant area.

A public participation process for a proposal to upgrade the area around Clifton 4th Beach closed in April (“Input for new plan”, People’s Post, 10 February).

Ian Neilson, mayoral committee member for finance, says: “Approximately 100 comments and representations were received from the public. A number of comments and issues have been highlighted through this process and these are being fed into the urban design framework process which is currently underway.”

Media reports have estimated the development is worth R100m.

The proposal is still at conceptual stage, which if approved by the public, will see a developer sought through a competitive process, says Neilson.

“The possibility of selling off portions of the land for residential development, with architectural guidelines in keeping with the existing bungalow architecture, is being considered. Portions of land for a proposed parking garage and possible retail facility could be leased to a developer. It is foreseen that the recreational facilities will be leased to the user sport clubs of this precinct,” he says.

Clifton-on-Sea and District Bungalow Owners’ Association chairperson Paddy Walker says the proposal was brought to residents’ attention last year, but the association is not able to comment until the draft conceptual development framework is released. This document will show the scope of the proposed development.

Camps Bay Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Chris Willemse says residents need more details on what is proposed.

The approval will allow for the sale of the property.

“In-principle approval does not confer any development rights onto the property. The process for applying for these development rights still has to be followed before any development of the property can take place,” Neilson says.

The next step will be for the City to start an interaction with interested and affected parties considering the draft urban design framework for the property, he explains.

“This urban design framework will set parameters for the proposed development. Obtaining land use rights and approvals for this development is a completely separate process to obtaining in-principle approval for the alienation of the property,” he says.

“All required land use, environmental, heritage and any other statutory applications will also involve statutory public participation which will give the community at large ample opportunity to input their views to the authorities.”

The proposed development will affect four erven, which have different zoning, and has been under discussion since around 2002, says Neilson.

“The City does not consider this project to be moving exceptionally fast. The processes for considering the development of this property are ongoing,” he says

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