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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Why moving Parly to Pretoria could be costly

Why moving Parly to Pretoria could be costly

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris argues that relocating Parliament to Pretoria might not make the most economic sense.

Parkwood protesters and police in a tense standoff

Parkwood protesters and police in a tense standoff

Community members are throwing stones, while law enforcement officers are responding with rubber bullets and tear-gas.

[WATCH] John Maytham: 'Supra was fired!'

[WATCH] John Maytham: 'Supra was fired!'

John takes a wry look at the 'early retirement' of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.

Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Dr Kevin Winter says stormwater harvesting could be a water augmentation solution.

Zille outlines various products and services for those who cannot afford housing

Zille outlines various products and services for those who cannot afford housing

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the housing issues on Cape Town are complex and not easy to resolve.

[LISTEN] AB de Villiers bows out

[LISTEN] AB de Villiers bows out

MWP Media's Neil Manthorp takes a looks at the blow to the cricketing fraternity as legendary cricketer announces his retirement.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

[LISTEN] Dailene, the lady behind the video from Thursday's heist in Boksburg

Another heist was carried out in Boksburg on Thursday morning and led to five people being arrested.

CT's desalinated water may have long-term health risks, scientists warn

CT's desalinated water may have long-term health risks, scientists warn

Desalination is not a risk-free solution to the water crisis and could have health implications, local experts have argued.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

How businessman Max Lichaba struck gold with his jewellery company

Entrepreneur Max Lichaba built his own empire and is the CEO of Lichaba Creations and several other businesses. This is his story.

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

How relevant is Shakespeare in SA's English literature which is written in a manner that no one speaks today?

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

Economist Dawie Roodt says that the petrol price hike is going to boost the cycle of inflation and force interest rates up.