- The City of Cape Town has given the go-ahead to an R14bn project
- The development is called the Harbour Arch
- Objections to the development have not stopped the project from starting#
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The City of Cape Town has approved a new project, the Harbour Arch, which will dwarf other developments in the city centre.
The 5.4 hectares assigned for the project was previously in the possession of Transnet but was transferred to Amdec for the R14bn project.
Briefly.co.za learned that initially, the project was launched in 2012 when the zoning application was approved but was amended in 2018 to allow for a change in lease ownership and to include residential units.
Six objections were lodged with the city, four from Urban Design and the other two from Ndifuna Ukwazi, a housing activist group according to news24.com.
The majority of the four objections revolved around the height of buildings and parking bay. Ndifuna Ukwazi objected to capacity for affordable housing and they saw the development as potentially excluding the poor and working class.
Ndifuna Ukwazi worked with Reclaim the City on their objections.
Dave Daniels, the Municipal Planning Tribunal Chair, did not agree with the objections. He said that spatial justice had been accounted for and that forcing an affordable housing condition on the project would be problematic.
Wilson said that he was not opposed to meeting Ndifuna Ukwazi and Reclaim the City to discuss other sites in the city which could be used for affordable housing.
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