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Friday Dec 02, 2016

New body to help with Joburg heritage queries

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, together with various residents' associations and representatives, has formed the Joint Plans Committee East (JPCE) to facilitate applications for alteration, addition or demolition to heritage properties in the eastern suburbs of the city.

The committee aims to improve the monitoring and protecting of heritage resources in neighbourhoods to assist residents and professionals in complying with the National Heritage Resources Act and the National Building Regulations.

The objectives include the promotion of sustainable developments that benefit the wider community while also respecting existing neighbourhood structures and characters.

The JPCE, a committee of volunteers, has representatives from the following areas: Orange Grove, Fairwood, Mountain View, Norwood, Orchards, The Gardens, Cheltondale, Maryvale, Observatory, Upper Houghton, Yeoville, Bellevue, Bellevue East, Melrose, Melrose Estate, Birdhaven, Kensington, Malvern, Troyeville, Bezuidenhout Valley and Modderfontein.

"The committee invites residents, architects or planners in these areas to engage with us regarding proposals for alteration, addition or demolition to properties," said chairman Alec Parker.

"By working together, the committee is able to assist areas with fewer resources and to provide constructive comments on applications and neighbourhood issues. The ultimate aim is to continue to create neighbourhoods that benefit all in the community while honouring the city's diverse heritage and vision for the future."

The JPCE will meet once a month to review applications in all areas.

Parker said illegal demolition and construction, illegal land uses, combined with overcrowding, derelict buildings and inappropriate and insensitive developments were impacting negatively on the residential environments and heritage resources of many neighbourhoods in Joburg.

Structures older than 60 years, that are constructed before 1956, are protected by the National Heritage Resources Act and any changes to these buildings are required to be approved by the Provincial Heritage Resource Authority of Gauteng.

Applications or enquiries should be sent to alexandramaryparker-AT-gmail-DOT-com

Should anyone be interested, and believe they have skills that would benefit the JPCE vision, please contact Alex Parker on the same e-mail address.

City Watch
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