Locals want to be heard

2018-05-01 06:00

The Belvedere East Civic Association (BECA) wants the City of Cape Town and developers to take into consideration the interests of the community when deciding on applications for developments.

This follows reports that the City approved the proposed development of number 1 in Wyndover Road, numbers 33 and 35 in Belvedere Road, and in Rondebosch despite objections submitted by the community in January this year.

The City has confirmed that a letter of objection and a petition were received earlier this year and the application was approved on Tuesday 17 April due to insufficient reasons for the objection.

In the letter submitted to the City, BECA states the following reasons to validate their objection:

. It is an ill-considered development which appears to be densification for densification’s sake. It will only be to the developer’s benefit and is not in the public interest. No community participation has been entered into by the developer to find common ground that will enhance the amenity of the community in which this site is situated.

. The height of the proposed development (four storeys) is out of character with the high-street feeling currently existing on Belvedere Road.

. The current application should be radically redesigned to be a positive contributor to the area.

. Due to the narrow, one-way nature of Wyndover Road, a full traffic impact assessment is vital to demonstrate no negative impacts of dramatically increased traffic flow into and through the neighbourhood.

. The assigned parking proposed for this development is inadequate and the developer needs to change the application to provide the legally required on-site parking.

According to Carl Morrow of the BECA, the petition was submitted on Thursday 25 January and they are still waiting on a response from the City.

“The normal planning process needs to proceed and we expect to receive a reply in due course. People are concerned.

“The BECA is not against development in our community, but considers the character of the area an important aspect of the amenity value to our constituency. The applicant needs to demonstrate how his scheme is going to meet those criteria in order for the BECA to support it.

“From the application documentation proffered, the scheme can be supported on some aspects of its planning and design but currently falls short with regard to sensitivity to the area and the impact that the building will have on surrounding residents,” Morrow says.V Continued on page 2.

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