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Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Legal battle continues over KZN warehouse

The residents of an upmarket estate in Durban's northern suburbs plan to launch high court review proceedings in an attempt to set aside the approval of plans for a 15m-high warehouse behind their homes.

This comes as construction of the almost 16 000m² warehouse continues.

In July the management association of Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate 2 applied to the Durban High Court on behalf of residents and owners for an interdict to stop construction after it was found out that the plans had not been fully approved by the municipality.

The residents feared that the warehouse would affect the value of their properties.

But Moss Ridge Properties, the owner of the warehouse, which will be used as a storage facility for stationary, said there was no evidence to indicate that the warehouse would affect property prices.

The parties agreed to stop construction pending the approval of the plans, and the steel-frame skeleton of the warehouse stood on the site, bought in 1997, before the development of the exclusive housing estate.

However, last month the plans were approved by the municipality, prompting a meeting of residents on Tuesday to take the matter to court.

The legal representative for the estate, Lazelle Paola, told the Daily News last week that they would challenge the approval of the plans and would seek an urgent interdict to halt the construction, pending the outcome of the review.

Daily News


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