Cape Town pulls out of Clifton fight
Property owners cheer halt to development
Tycoons living in one of the country’s most exclusive and stunning locations can sleep soundly after the City of Cape Town dropped its fight for a mega development in the area.
The owners of bungalows in Clifton‚ on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard‚ have been engaged in a legal battle with the city over its decision to sell five hectares of prime coastal land between Clifton and Camps Bay‚ known as Maiden’s Cove‚ for R1bn.
The developers planned to build more than 50 houses‚ a hotel‚ a shopping mall and a 700-bay car park.
The Bungalow Owners Association‚ celebrity divorce lawyer Billy Gundelfinger and businessmen Mark Willcox and Gavin Verejey lodged a review application in the high court in Cape Town in April in a bid to turn back the concrete tide.
In a statement on Friday‚ the city said it had decided to withdraw its opposition to the application after careful consideration and taking public concerns into account.
“To date‚ the city has opposed the review application‚” said Stuart Diamond‚ the mayoral committee member for assets and facilities management.
“However‚ over the past months we have taken note of the concerns raised by residents‚ nonprofit organisations and others. These concerns relate to the impact the proposed development could have on Maiden’s Cove‚ and how it could affect those who frequently visit the area.
A confidential report tabled before the mayoral committee on Friday‚ and seen by Sunday World‚ said the process followed in selling the land was “procedurally unfair”.
Janey Ball‚ the co-founder of a nonprofit organisation opposed to the development‚ Maiden’s Cove for All‚ welcomed the move.