A seven-storey building for Berwick Road?

SUMMARY

  • An apartment block of seven storeys with 47 flats is planned for Berwick Road.
  • Interested parties have until 15 October 2018 to comment.
Picture of Berwick Road, taken from the top close to Victoria Hospital

Berwick Road. An application has been made to consolidate the four properties on the left and erect a seven-storey building with 47 apartments.

Developers have applied to erect a seven-storey block of flats in sleepy Berwick Road. The application has been brought by Andrew Pratt of APTP Town Planning.

The WRRA has received letters of concern from residents in Berwick Road as well as in Lindley Road, as the latter road will also be affected by the proposed building.

Both streets are located on Alphen Hill just below Victoria Hospital, and currently sport cottages and small blocks not higher than two or three storeys.

The proposed new block will be erected at 5-8 Berwick Road and is expected to consist of 47 flats, for which the four properties will be consolidated.

Map showing where Berwick is and where the development will be

The green section indicates where the proposed development will be.

The developer has applied for a series of departures from City bylaws, some of which are related to boundary setbacks, which are to be expected in the light of erf consolidations. They also applied for only 59 off-street parking bays (instead of the required 94, i.e. two per apartment), and for departures with regard to carriageways.

Read more:  The full application

The area is zoned GR4, which permits buildings of 24 meters high, into which seven storeys would fit.

However, one of the departures applied for is rezoning part of the consolidated property to GR5. It is unclear why. GR5 permits buildings of 35 metres high, but also has different requirements for boundary building lines and street set-back.

Read more: Do you know how your street is zoned?

Concerns

Residents in the area have expressed their concern about the influence of the new block on:

  • Parking – Berwick Road already handles overflow traffic from visitors to Victoria Hospital;
  • Traffic – the road is used as a short-cut to schools;
  • Drainage and sewage – these are already under pressure;
  • Mountain views – these will be spoiled;
  • Privacy – new neighbours will be able to look straight into surrounding properties;
  • Streetscape – such a high building will not fit the look and feel of Berwick Road; and
  • Heritage – there are buildings graded IIIB behind the proposed development.

Do you wish to comment?

  • Closing date for objections, comments or representations: 15 October 2018
  • Email address: comments_objections@capetown.gov.za
    Note from editor: We tested this address and it is incorrect. Correct address will be supplied as soon as someone picks up the phone.
  • State your full name, address, contact details, the method by which you may be notified and what your interest in the application is. Also supply the reason for your objection or comment.
  • You can also make an oral submission. Find the details here:  The full application

INSPECT THE APPLICATION

Office of the district manager
Plumstead Administrative Building
3 Victoria Ave
Plumstead

Tel. 021 444 7721 (Mr Ndyavane)

READ MORE: Wynberg Development Watch

 

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for letting us know and for being such a brilliant communicator. Regards Simone Cogill

    On Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 4:36 PM Wynberg Residents and Ratepayers Association wrote:

    > Joan van Zyl posted: “SUMMARY An apartment block of seven storeys with 47 > flats is planned for Berwick Road. Interested parties have until 15 October > 2018 to comment. Developers have applied to erect a seven-storey block of > flats in sleepy Berwick Road. The application h” >

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