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Monday Oct 09, 2017

Pretoria East property owners oppose high-density development

A large housing development taking place in Equestria, east of Tshwane, has caused an uproar.

A petition has been been drawn up to contest the proposed new development, which, according to the local residents, will reduce property values due to the disruption of both the aesthetics and milieu of the area.

Some residents have also expressed fears that their "crimefree" area would be overrun by criminals once the mixed-use township development is established.

About 60 residents from the surrounding area have handed in a petition to the City of Tshwane.

The land in Langeberg Road, just off Stellenberg Road, will be divided into two portions.

The north-facing half facing Vergelegen Avenue is marked for medium-to-high-density residential development, while the remainder, south facing, will be for high-density commercial use.

The development consists of three-to-four storeys of flats, which are high-density residential units aimed at the low-income group.

Fiercely opposed to the development, residents said that if the high-density development for four storeys saw the light of day, it would open up applications for similar high-density, low-income flats on these undeveloped properties.

One resident, Kim Jenkins, said: "It will put more misery on the residents here if it goes ahead.

"We already spending hours in traffic around the area and looking for parking spaces”.

Another resident said the highdensity units would increase the amount of traffic on Vergelegen Avenue, which already could not absorb the high volume of traffic during peak hours.

"It's bad enough as it is. Now the traffic congestion is going to be heightened," said the resident, who preferred not to be named.

Other objections by residents include human density, air pollution and noise pollution.

Residents proposed that the flats be built at a maximum height of two storeys. They argued that four storeys would ruin the skyline of Equestria.

City spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the metro had received about 60 objections against the development.

The objections were similar, and the main concern seemed to be the height of the proposed buildings, Mashigo said.

He added that the decision regarding the development would be addressed at a Municipal Planning Tribunal hearing.

"The report for the hearing will be drafted with the necessary comments from internal and external stakeholders.

"The evaluation will be done according to all the planning policies available, including the Tshwane Town Planning Scheme," Mashigo added.

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