Kommetjie housing development halted (for now)

The City Council’s Spatial Planning, Environment and Land Use Committee (Spelum) has rejected the plan to build 254 new double-storey houses on three connected sites in Kommetjie.

The committee has found that without any foreseeable plan to develop the infrastructure in the area, especially the limited access roads and challenges of Ou Kaapse Weg, there is no prospect of approving the hosing development.

Despite this reprieve, the Kommetjie Residents and Ratepayers’ Association (KRRA) is continuing with it's legal challenge.

Their concern is that the mayoral committee (Mayco) will override Spelum and allow the project to go ahead, as there is precedent for this.

Lesley Shackleton of the Simon's Town Civic organisation, spoke to John Maytham. She says they are delighted with the decision, but agree there is still room for concern.

She says they are not against any development in the area. But they want the right kind of development, that will find housing solutions for the poor.

We feel the limited infrastructure, which is roads, and water and sewerage...should go towards gap housing and low income housing that is so much needed down here. And not to the middle class developer driven housing.

Lesley Shackleton, Simon's Town Civic organisation

She says the main economy of the deep South is tourism and entertainment, and it is pointless people sitting in traffic backlogs on Ou Kaapse Weg behind large trucks.

She says they approached Mayco about building additional access routes from Boyes Drive and were told there are no funds.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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