Deadline looms for public views

2019-12-17 06:00
The City of Cape Town has turned down a proposed development of 47 flats at 5 to 8 Berwick Road. The developer has appealed the decision.PHOTO: Nettalie Viljoen

The City of Cape Town has turned down a proposed development of 47 flats at 5 to 8 Berwick Road. The developer has appealed the decision.PHOTO: Nettalie Viljoen

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Alphen Hill property owners breathed a sigh of relief when the municipal planning tribunal rejected a proposed development of 47 flats in Berwick Road earlier this year. However, Beverley Eliot, who lives in Lindley Road, says the fight isn’t over yet.

Andrew Pratt of APTP Town Planning has since appealed the tribunal’s decision on behalf of the developer, and Wynberg residents have until Friday 20 December to lodge their comments.

“The tribunal was held on 17 September and the application left the appeal to the last minute which makes it a cause for concern as most residents are preparing to leave on their summer holiday.

“I appeal to all residents to ensure they lodge their comments before the cut-off time,” says Eliot.

Residents in Berwick Road as well as in Lindley Road first lodged their comments and objections to the City of Cape Town in October 2018. Both of these roads – located on Alphen Hill just below Victoria Hospital – will be affected by the proposed building.

An article posted on the website of the Wynberg Residents’ and Ratepayers’ Association says properties in the area currently consist of cottages and small blocks no higher than two or three storeys.

According to the article, the proposed new block will tower above the surrounding structures, robbing existing residents of their mountain views and privacy (new neighbours will be able to look straight into surrounding properties).

“Such a high building will also not fit into the look and feel of Berwick Road,” the article reads.

According to Eliot, parking is another major worry.

“Berwick Road is very narrow. It already has a severe parking problem due to the overflow of vehicles from the Victoria Hospital’s parking lot.”

Other concerns include the conservation of Heritage Sites in the area, increased traffic and the effect on an already under-pressure drainage and sewage system.

The developer has submitted an application for consolidation, subdivision, rezoning and a series of departures from City bylaws.

The four properties which have been submitted for consolidation are erven 67452, 67453, 67454 and 67408 (5 to 8 Berwick Road). The developer has applied for the demolition of the buildings on these properties.

The area is zoned GR4, which permits buildings of 24-meters high, into which seven storeys would fit.

However, the developer has applied for part of the consolidated property to be rezoned to GR5. This zoning permits buildings of 35-metres high and has different requirements for boundary building lines and street setback.

V Concerned residents can lodge their comments with the City manager, c/o the Southern District manager at the email address: appeals.southern@capetown.gov.za. If the comments cannot be lodged by email it may be hand-delivered to the Southern District secretary Unathi Ndyalvane. Ndyalvane’s offices are located at the corner of Main and Victoria roads, Plumstead.

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