Green light for new property scheme

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Nelson Mandela Bay’s housing and land committee last week approved another major business development on 32 hectares on Cape Road, Greenbushes.

By Patrick Cull

Nelson Mandela Bay’s housing and land committee last week approved another major business development on 32 hectares on Cape Road, Greenbushes.

The application by the Dondolo Property Trust is for a mixed residential/business development or light industrial development.

The development has already received a record of decision from the Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (Dedea) following an environmental impact assessment (EIA)

Giving its reasons for the decision, Dedea said the spatial development plan (SDP) for the area promoted the concept of mixed use and high-density development along major roads, public transport routes, nodes and junctions.

Greenbushes, it says, is a major gateway to the city, served by significant roads and also accessible from the N2 and close to a growing industrial area, “all of which make the area worthy of more significant development than currently permitted by the city”.

Dedea says a number of upgrades to water services in the area are under way.

Electrical supply to the site will be met from existing infrastructure.

In support of the proposal, the spatial planning sub-directorate states that it is “critical in terms of supporting the surrounding residential area and farms”.

It notes that the proposed project falls within the “urban edge that is aimed at focusing development initiatives within a particular geographic area”.

Spatial planning states that the proposed mixed-use development includes a combination of retail, commercial, office and recreational uses.

The “strong residential component (would) support and sustain a viable public transport system”.

“The proposed business zones have a minimal impact on residential development and reinforce the concept of creating job opportunities in a close proximity to places of residence thus increasing accessibility and thereby choices by reducing the cost of and need to travel”.

Because of its location on Cape Road, spatial planning says, there are high levels of accessibility for road-based transport services that will make job opportunities and services more accessible.

The committee also gave the go-ahead for the Chelsea eco-estate on Horseshoe Drive, Theescombe, that involves the development of 19 cluster housing units.

Dedea has also approved this development by McHugh Property Enterprises, stating that the clustered nature of the development and conditions for the environmental authorisation “will ensure minimal environmental impact”.

The department says the development will only occupy about a quarter of the total area of the farm. The remainder will be open spaces.

It would create a number of employment opportunities during the construction phase and operationally in areas such as maintenance and security.

Source: The Herald

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