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Officials override decision to scrap Kommetjie housing plan

Mayoral committee (Mayco) members in The City of Cape Town are going ahead with their proposed Kommetjie housing development, despite objections from an advisory committee.

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

However, Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says the land is highly suitable for development and the City will implement a project to relieve congestion in the Noordhoek Valley.

The Mayoral Commitee applied its own mind to the matter... The land is suitable for development, we can't ignore that.

Ian Neilson, Deputy mayor in the City of Cape Town

Neilson says that the development is in line with the long-term efforts to create half a million homes in Cape Town over the next 10 years.

Spelum has argued that there is not enough bulk infrastructure to accommodate the densification in the Far South.

At the same time, Chairman of the Kommetjie Residents and Ratepayers Association Patrick Dowling says the City has not made any provisions to improve services such as transport and road infrastructure.

Kommetjie road is not a serviceable transport corridor at the moment... This is upsetting the local economy and adding to frustration levels of drivers and commuters.

Patrick Dowling, Chairman of the Kommetjie Residents and Ratepayers Association

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