Demolition plan tabled

2015-10-13 06:00
An application has been made to demolish the Sasnev building known as Huis der Nederlanden to build a four-storey business property.


An application has been made to demolish the Sasnev building known as Huis der Nederlanden to build a four-storey business property. PHOTO: bRIAN wATKYNS

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An application has been made to demolish the Suid-Afrikaanse Sentrum vir Nederland en Vlaandere (Sasnev) building, known as the Huis der Nederlanden, in Pinelands.

The cultural centre at 4 Central Square (erf number 1958) is also known as the NG Church hall.

Most of the building is rented to the Dutch Library Cape Town and Biblionef SA. It is also used as a conference centre.

It lies in Pinelands’ heritage zone.

The application for demolition is currently out for public comment.

If demolished, a new four-storey building will be built for business purposes.

The proposal thus includes the need to rezone the property from a community zone to general business.

This will permit the construction of a building consisting of business premises such as shops, a supermarket, offices and flats. The built up on and street building line conditions will be encroached on.

It is alleged the owners of the building are in the Netherlands and they are pushing the buttons of the application from there.

Residents concernedThe application has created a bit of a storm as residents have voiced their concerns on social media.

According to posts on the Pinelands Facebook page, some residents believe all effort must be made to preserve the current building.

Some residents have also asked how surrounding properties would be affected by the new development, citing the possibility that property values will be affected negatively as their main concern.
A reliable source, who spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, says many people would be affected by the demolition as a lot of people use the centre.
“We are not in favour of what’s happening. Over the past 18 years we have built a good reputation and this is the centre that people rely on. This is the only private centre in the world and if lost, we will lose everything.
“We are not very happy. People are sending in letters on how they will be affected and no-one is in favour of it. This is so dear to us.”

Councillor Brian Watkyns says he is aware of the application.

“Although there are floor plans, there is no information regarding the style or impact on the surrounding area. While additional residential accommodation is a positive and commercial undertakings mean much-needed employment, I have concerns,” he says.
Watkyns is concerned about possible negative impact on:
. the traffic and parking in the area,
. the intrusion of commercial activities into two residential streets,
. the visual impact of the height in relation to lower surrounding buildings,
. the general impact on the residential properties at the rear and

. the impact on the Garden of Remembrance.

Residents who would like to review the application may visit the office of the district manager at the planning and building development management department, second floor, Media City Building in the city centre.
For more information call 021 400 6457 or 021 419 4694 on weekdays between 08:00 and 14:30.

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