PRE-1870 COTTAGE STAYS
IT’S been a 20-year battle to save the historic Bloubergstrand cottage, Highclere, but last week its grade three heritage rating was endorsed and it’s to be put on the provincial
At a meeting of Heritage Western Cape on Friday attended by City of Cape Town officials, the urgency of protecting the cottage at 6 Rancke
Road was highlighted following multiple court battles to prevent its
The cottage is owned by Blue Peter Holdings. The first application for demolition was in 1998, but it was refused by the then National
Monuments Council. Other demolition applications followed in 2011 and 2015. It did not have
permanent protection, but on two occasions it had three-month provisional protection from the city.
Heritage activists and residents, represented by the Habitat Council, fought tooth and nail for Highclere to be saved. It is one of the last two flat-roofed cottages along the West Coast and pre-dates 1870. It was the holiday home of Sir Langham Dale, Cape superintendent-general of education between 1859 and 1882.
Harriet Clift, from the
City’s Environmental Resource Management department, said: “It’s urgent for Heritage Western Cape to enact the register. It’s been nearly 20
Mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Felicity Purchase said the cottage had “a high degree of authenticity despite the degradation of its historic fabric due to long-standing neglect”.