The provincial executive confirmed the disposal of the old Conradie Hospital site to Concor Construction on Wednesday 5 December.This follows years of delays to the multimillion rand Conradie Better Living Model development of an affordable, mixed-use, residentially led development close to Pinelands. It has been in the pipeline since 2006.According to a statement, Premier Helen Zille said: “The disposal is on a land availability and development agreement basis and is not an outright sale. The Provincial Cabinet considered all public comments received during the 21-day public participation period, in reaching this decision. Today is a significant milestone for redress of the apartheid spatial planning legacy, and for well-located, affordable, integrated housing opportunities for citizens.”This development will provide 3602 residential units, of which 1764 will be grant-funded, affordable units. It will include commercial space, parks and recreational spaces, and two new schools.According to the statement, the development will catalyse upgrades to road infrastructure and public transport in the surrounding area. “Over 13 600 jobs will be created by this project. Now that Cabinet has confirmed the disposal, our contract with Concor Construction is complete. On fulfilment of conditions precedent to the development agreement, the site will be made available for development. I must acknowledge the enormous effort, over the past three years, of the dedicated project team.”She confirmed that there had been a public participation processe and that Concor Construction had managed to secure authorisations from Heritage Western Cape and Environmental and Water Affairs. They designed the supporting infrastructure, obtained rezoning approval from the City of Cape Town and appointed a developer.The community of Pinelands recently voiced their disapproval of the plan, raising a number of concerns including the impact it will have on the appearance of the community (“Development appeal,” People’s Post, 13 November). They also have concerns about possible traffic congestion.