Development ‘not in line with area’

2019-04-23 06:00
One of the houses that will be demolished PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

One of the houses that will be demolished PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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With a new four-storey building coming in Strubens Road in Mowbray, some residents are worried that this proposed development will eat away the heart and spirit of their area.

Arch Town Planners have been appointed to prepare and submit the relevant application to the City of Cape Town on behalf of the property owners. The three properties that will be demolished are currently zoned General Residential 4, in terms of the Cape Town Municipal Planning by-law. No rezoning application is required.

The development will see three houses being demolished to make way for the four-storey building. The proposed plan will lead to the demolition of three single residential houses (over 60 years old, and one with Grad IIIC status) to make way for a four-storey block of flats with 61 units. According to the application, the development is aimed at providing accommodation for students and young professionals.

“Due to the strategic location of the application site to University of Cape Town (UCT), it is anticipated that most residents will be students. While the majority of new developments in the area seem to be targeting the higher income market, this development will aim to provide more affordable units to the middle-income group, who can’t afford the exceptionally high cost of accommodation close to the City or UCT,” read the application.

When residents heard about the proposed building, a survey was done to see how other people feel about it.

Miranda Madikane, one of the residents who helped out with the survey, says a lot of people are worried that the development is way too big.

“A total of 86 people completed the survey and the general feel we got is that the proposed building is not keeping in line with what the area looks like.

“It is completely different from all the buildings around here. There are two double-storeys, townhouses. A four-storey building is so dominating. Besides, the units are tiny and ugly,” she says.

Madikane adds that the area is already suffering from surge problems and their area is on a small slope. “Downslope they have sewage problems. The infrastructure is old. When you think about the problem we had with about six bathrooms and now we will have way more, the infrastructure will not cope. It will need an overhaul. We didn’t have developers in this area and we are worried that this new development will be a gateway and people will come and eat away the heart and spirit of our area,” she adds.

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