The City of Cape Town has turned down an application to build a glass office on Martin Melck House.
The development application, by the Augoustides family who now privately own the Martin Melck House, was refused by the city's Spatial Planning, Environment and Land Use Management committee (Spelum).
Martin Melck House is one of the oldest colonial homes in South Africa and declared Urban Conservation Area that includes the 18th century Lutheran Church complex.
Since 2010, efforts to develop the historic warehouse have been turned down by the city.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Julian Melck, the 8th generation of the Melck family who says he is happy that the City turned down the proposal.
We would like the entire street block reserved as a great heritage site— Julian Melck, the 8th generation of the Melck family
They have to come with the development plan that pleases all involved— Julian Melck, the 8th generation of the Melck family
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: