Environmental Green Light for Major Housing Development at Parsonsvlei

OCTOBER 29, 2014

The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism has issued an amended environmental authorisation for a major housing project in Parsonsvlei.

The authorisation has been issued to the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements.

The department plans to subdivide the 14.7-hectare area for a mixed residential development as well as a business zone and 2.1 hectares dedicated to public open space that will include a sports field.

It is a condition of the authorisation that development of the area must start within 36 months and that construction of the internal service infrastructure must be installed “in a phased manner” from the date of municipal approval and completed within five years.

Spelling out the rationale for its decision, the department points out that with the current economic growth of Port Elizabeth “there is growing demand for housing, particularly in the affordable price range.

“The proposed development site lies within the urban edge and is associated with a fast-growing suburb, and therefore presents a perfect opportunity for urban densification.” The site is bordered by the “high density areas” of Bridgemead to the east and Rowallan Park to the south.

“In addition to this, the site is in close proximity to various public amenities such as schools, shopping and medical centres and entertainment complexes.”

The department also says that Parsonsvlei is “one of the preferred areas for the development of affordable housing due to the prevalence of vacant land that can be developed economically”.

It notes that the municipality is promoting higher density development that will be guided and controlled by the structure plan for Parsonsvlei, adding that the development will increase the development footprint on the ground and reduce the amount of open space by 2 000 square metres.

The department says that the develoment is considered to be “infill development,” adding that this is also in line with the municipalities Spatial Development Framework. - MetroMinutes.

Photo caption: Open areas in Parsonsvlei where the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism has issued an amended environmental authorisation for a major housing project. Photo courtesy of www.mweb.co.za