Residents raise heritage concerns

2018-11-20 06:00
The demolished house in Forest Drive in Pinelands.

The demolished house in Forest Drive in Pinelands.

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There is concern about the construction at a Forest Drive property in Pinelands.

Residents say the original house was built in a heritage area and holds significant heritage value for the community.

According to reports, the recent demolition and rebuilding at the site took place without consultation and is likely to impact the heritage of the area.

Carol Clark, a member of the Heritage Advisory Committee of the Pinelands Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, says the developer has not followed proper procedures and the committee has no idea of the plans in place.

“The house is in the Pinelands Heritage Protection Overlay Zone (HPOZ). To our knowledge the owner does not have approved plans and has not come to the Pinelands Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC). The HAC has questioned why there is building proceeding in the HPOZ without having come to our HAC?”

Clark says they were informed that the matter is being dealt with by the City of Cape Town following residents’complaints.

Another concern is that trees have been cut down at the site.

Ward councillor Brian Watkyns confirms that no public consultations were held and that the developers had no permit to carry out any work at the site. He says there is concern the building plan may not match the nature of the community and would unlikely match the nature of the old building.

He says the site has been sold to a new owner. “He only came to me to pitch the plan and said they had submitted their application to Heritage Western Cape. I told him I would not approve it.”

He says, however, that they are waiting on reports from the City’s Heritage Department and meanwhile work has been halted.

Ashraf Shakes, the new owner, confirmed meeting with the councillor and that the plans have not yet been approved by the Western Cape Heritage but he has submitted the application already. He says he went ahead with construction after receiving pre-approval from the City.

Shakes says he did not see the need to consult with the public for a private development. He says the plan is a normal residential double storey home.

Western Cape Heritage CEO Dr Mxolisi Dlamuka denied that an application had been submitted.

Mayco member for transport and urban development, Felicity Purchase, confirms the house is within a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone. She also confirms an application in terms of the municipal planning bylaw and says due process is being followed. The application will be advertised soon.


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