Cape Town pulls out of Clifton fight

Prop­erty own­ers cheer halt to de­vel­op­ment

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By By Philani Nombembe And Aron Hy­man

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.

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