Montessori primary allowed in home

2015-05-26 06:00
A property in Tico’s Way will become a primary school after the subcouncil approved an application for rezoning.


A property in Tico’s Way will become a primary school after the subcouncil approved an application for rezoning. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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An application to establish a primary school in Noordhoek has been approved, despite objections from neighbours.

An application for the rezoning of a Tico’s Way property appeared before subcouncil 19 last week. The application asks for permission for a small school to operate from the premises.

The application sees no changes to the existing building, but neighbours feel they were deceived when the rooms intended as classrooms were constructed as a games room, says lawyer Jo MacRoberts.

They school will cater for 34 pupils, between grades one and seven. The property owner intends to move her current Montessori school to the site.

Neighbours believe the school will alter the character of the area and could set a precedent, MacRoberts says, while there are other sites which are appropriately zoned.

The school will also cause an increase in traffic, she claims.

However, the application claims no significant increase in traffic will take place, as pupils are likely to walk or cycle to school and a drop-off facility and parking is available on the property.

The proposed school will be the only Montessori school for older pupils in the area, with the next school over 20km away. Objections based on other schools are not relevant to the application, as each should be assessed in its own right, the application states.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says the application was approved, but the subcouncil also decided that conditions would be set at a later date.

She emphasised the need for schools in the area, saying many schools were found embedded in residential areas

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