Homes planned for Prasa land

2018-01-23 06:01

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has applied for their land at Diep River station to be rezoned to create low-cost housing and a small-scale commercial space.

The application was put forward to the City of Cape Town and is dated October last year. In the application, Prasa says they wish to dispose of a currently underutilised portion of erven 79204 and 79208, Diep River, (the property), for residential and small-scale commercial activities. If granted permission, the land will be home to a three- to four-storey building, a business and 73 parking bays.

“No changes to the current railway infrastructure are proposed. Application is being submitted to the relevant statutory authority, the City of Cape Town, for the consolidation, rezoning, subdivision and departures at erven 79204 and 79208, Diep River. The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has confirmed that the proposed development does not trigger the provisions of Nema (National Environmental Management Act),” the application states.

Although the total area of the property is greater than 10 000m², only two portions of the property are to be rezoned, which do not exceed 10 000m².

The property is located in Diep River and centres on the Diep River railway station. Portion 1 of the erf is situated on the east side of the railway line and is bordered by Massinger Road and Avondale Terrace. Portions 2, 3 and 4 line the west side of the railway line with portions 2 and 3 north of De Waal Road, and portion 4 to the south of De Waal Road. “The houses are typical examples of 1960/70s mid-century modern suburban architecture. They follow a simple design which incorporates some decorative ­features,” the application says.

The streetscape for portion 1 is suburban. “On the Avondale Road side the houses are all single story but there is no distinctive character on the street. The majority of the houses have low walls so the houses are easily visible from the street. Portions 2, 3 and 4 are within two blocks of the Main Road. Portions 2 and 3 face onto the railway on the east and onto a school (does not appear to be in use currently),” the application states. “The houses in the immediate surrounds are single or double story houses with walls blocking visual access to the street. The houses on portion four face onto the railway station and its parking area. It is also next to two double-story apartment blocks. In summation: neither the affected portions of the property, the structures located thereon nor wider context can be described as having heritage significance.”

The property does not fall within an area as having been identified as having heritage significance and is not formally protected as a heritage area, either at provincial or municipal level, the application states.

“ Located throughout the property are various structures related to Railway Housing that date from the 1960’s through to the 1970’s. These are all tabled and none have been identified as having heritage ­significance.”

Deadline for written objections is Thursday 1 February. V For enquiries contact Tumelo Manoko at Plumstead Council Office on 0214449543 or email Tumelo Kingsley.Manoko@capetown.gov.za

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