The Habitat Council seeks public support for heritage grading of Cape Town street block

This application to now have the defined area declared a Grade 1 Heritage site is prompted by the likelihood that a new application may now be submitted for the development with respect to the 18th century warehouse on this street block

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Opposition to Somerset West housing estate plan

Property developers are planning to build an upmarket housing estate and a huge private school of more than 1 800 pupils near Somerset West – outside the urban edge. The proposed development, with 153 upmarket houses, is planned for the foothills of the Schapenberg between the Hottentots Holland and Helderberg mountain ranges, near Vergelegen and Morgenster wine estates.

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Cape Town is much more than Grand Parade, Green Point

It is a huge challenge to get Capetonians from as far afield as the Helderberg, Atlantis and the far deep south to enjoy the public spaces within the City Bowl, but what about the public spaces within affordable reach of the thousands of poorer citizens, on then-doorsteps, such as Princess Vlei? Does Atlantis have a space similar to that of the Green Point Urban Park?

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Battle to save historic warehouse

She is 82, has had several setbacks with her health, but Marie-Lou Roux of Vredehoek is one of the city’s toughest fighters, not letting her age or ill health stop her battle to save the integrity of the 18th century Martin Melck warehouse next to the Lutheran Church on Strand Street.

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The desecration of a temple

But perhaps what was most remarkable about this gathering was that this group had come together on September 22 to defend one Cape Town’s most contested natural features – the Princess Vlei. What has motivated these moral custodians of our city to take this stand? Why has Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu bothered to weigh in to the debate with a message of support?

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Red Tape to Red Carpet for Property Developers

Much to the disgust of Cape Town residents, the City Mayor and the Western Cape Premier are rolling out the Red Carpet to property developers. The strategy known as ‘red tape to red carpet’ is being implemented through amendments to public participation processes and substantial changes to the legislation which was meant to govern property development.

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Princess Vlei fraud probe stops ‘imminent’ land sale

The Princess Vlei Forum lodged the fraud complaints, alleging serious irregularities. However, forum members were perturbed when they heard from the Reverend John Oliver shortly before his death last week that the city council was poised to sell the portion of Princess Vlei land to the mall developer before the police investigation had been completed.

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ONE MAN’S DECISION?

Cape Town – Applications for large-scale developments and other land-use plans may soon be pushed through council without any opportunity for consultation or objections from affected parties.

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Alliance between city and developers undermines rights

A NUMBER of events lead me to a firm conclusion that environmental planning and developmental analysis in this city is under unprecedented attack through collusion between political and commercial interests.

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Let’s talk Turkey

Is this not a lesson for our city and provincial governments who seem to be hell-bent on tearing up the people’s hertitage to allow the building of a mall on the banks of Princess Vlei?

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Uitkamp row heads to court

The Durbanville Community Forum has vowed to fight the state’s decision to approve development on “historic” farmland outside the urban edge.

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Environment Conservation Group say developers proposal a logical absurdity, a clear case of putting the cart before the horse

This proposal is a logical absurdity and is a clear case of putting the cart before the horse. Land Use Approvals are predicated on the specific Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the proposed development and thus the former must take all the conditions specified in the EA into account.

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99.99% of Western Cape not engaged in unconstitutional planning legislation says Alliance

The need for the Province to achieve the necessary public familiarity with the proposed legislation has been incredibly underestimated. The fact that the department only received “56” submissions previously, out of a total Western Cape population of 5,822,734 (according to Census 2011), indicates that with a .001% engagement rate, attempts at achieving sufficient public participation has clearly failed.

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Vlei mall developer accused of fraud

RESIDENTS have laid a charge of fraud against individuals involved in the controversial shopping mall planned to be built at Princess Vlei. Members of the Princess Vlei Forum, a group opposed to the planned shopping mall and taxi rank to be built on public land, said the developers had “misrepresented themselves” on two occasions, and said there were serious irregularities in the development.

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Environment Conservation Group say WC Land Use Planning Bill is Unconconstitutional

The ECG has received legal advice from more than one source that the draft Act contravenes the Constitution in a number of respects. In particular it removes the right of community organisations and interested and affected parties to be consulted about planning applications and to submit comments on applications to the authorising body.

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Parliament: Civil society and citizen oversight excluded from the Western Cape Provincial Development Forum

It is clear from the MEC’s reply that there’s no room for community organisations in this matter; there’s no room for nongovernmental organisations and there’s no room in this forum for environmental organisations, many of which are also professional organisations and have their own professional bodies.

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