Developer withdraws

2015-08-25 06:02
The open piece of land on the corners of Smuts and Windsor roads won’t be built on just yet after the developer for low-income housing withdrew from the project.

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The open piece of land on the corners of Smuts and Windsor roads won’t be built on just yet after the developer for low-income housing withdrew from the project. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Lansdowne residents have breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that a proposed housing development has been stalled after the developer withdrew from the project.

The news was shared with residents at the Rondebosch East Civic Association (Care) meeting on Wednesday 13 August.

While reading the annual report, Care treasurer Nazier Bandeker explained that information was received by the City of Cape Town that the developer has withdrawn.

“The proposed project to build low-income housing on the vacant piece of land on Smuts Road was met with resistance from the community. We resisted the proposal because the City did not consult properly with the community,” Bandeker said.

He explained although the abutting and neighbouring residents to the vacant land were consulted, “this just is not enough”.

“We have raised concerns with regard to the proposed development and have been in discussions with the City discussing alternatives.

“We have received feedback from the community about what they would like to see happen with the land and we have quite a few responses which includes a health or sports facility. Residents also suggested a multi-purpose centre,” he added.

Currently the land is zoned for social housing on which the developer would have built 260 units.

“We are already struggling with social ills in that area and we cannot afford for it to mushroom out of control. Therefore we are actively engaging residents so we may make optimal use of the open space,” Bandeker added.

After contacting the City of Cape Town with an enquiry relating to the development, they could not provide comment, shortly saying: “The City is looking into the particulars of your enquiry and will respond soonest.”

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