Sea Point fights to stop new high-rise

Res­i­dents set against pro­lif­er­a­tion of sky­scraper build­ings

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - MARVIN CHARLES marvin.charles@inl.co.za

SEA Point res­i­dents are up in arms over the pro­lif­er­a­tion of sky­scrapers in the area, which they say is turn­ing their neigh­bour­hood into a ver­sion of Hong Kong.

This, as a new 18-storey sky­scraper is planned by developer Ber­man Brose and HCI.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents met to dis­cuss their con­cerns, and of par­tic­u­lar con­cern is the developer’s re­quest for a waiver of on-site load­ing bays. The developer has made al­lowance for only one on-site load­ing bay. This means that Pick n Pay will be off-load­ing their mer­chan­dise in the mid­dle of the street, at all times of the day and night, caus­ing chaos in Ir­wing­ton, Gor­leston and sur­round­ing roads,” said Sea Point Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Samantha Walt.

Walt said there were dire im­pli­ca­tions in­volved for res­i­dents in the area, in­clud­ing high vol­umes of traf­fic in an al­ready con­gested area, ex­ces­sive noise pol­lu­tion, a threat to ac­cess to the fire sta­tion lo­cated across the way, and loss of views, light and pri­vacy.

“The traf­fic sur­vey, sub­mit­ted by the developer iron­i­cally, only makes men­tion of St Johns Road, which is a wide road, and makes no ref­er­ence to the two af­fected roads which are both one-ways and can­not take the in­creased vol­umes of traf­fic. Dur­ing the 1970s, a few high-rise build­ings were built in Sea Point, which stand out like sores,” she said.

Walt stays just a two blocks down from the de­vel­op­ment.

In the land use ap­pli­ca­tion, the developer said that the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would be a mixed use in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, as it re­sults in in­creased res­i­den­tial den­si­ties and di­ver­si­fied res­i­den­tial of­fer­ings. Res­i­dents in the area have been urged to sub­mit their ob­jec­tions to the City be­fore the end of this month.

Sea Point res­i­dents have been con­cerned all year about the large num­ber of high-rise build­ings be­ing built there.

“Pic­ture the sky­line of Hong Kong, with high-rise build­ings lin­ing the streets. A sim­i­lar con­crete jun­gle is planned for the At­lantic Se­aboard, if lo­cal devel­op­ers have their way,” Walt said.

“If the City of Cape Town were to al­low this, it would ab­so­lutely pave the way for fur­ther de­vel­op­ments of this na­ture. We thus ap­peal to all At­lantic Se­aboard res­i­dents to stop the threat of high-rise build­ings. The na­ture of devel­op­ers is that if one of them man­ages to push this through, then all oth­ers will do the same.”

Nigel Burls, town plan­ner for Ber­man Brose, said: “Well, it’s not the tallest build­ing in Sea Point. We have been aware that some res­i­dents are un­happy about this, but we are go­ing to wait for the ob­jec­tions dead­line to close so we can de­cide what to do next.”

May­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for trans­port and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment Brett Her­ron said the ap­pli­ca­tion would fol­low the due process.

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