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Town Planning On New Housing For Walmer Community May Be Delayed

Aug 27, 2014

The town planning layout for the development of the land between the Walmer Country Club and racecourse has been drafted but “may be delayed due to environmental issues (trees),” according to a report that will be submitted to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee.

The land was purchased by the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements and is in the process of being transferred to the municipality.

The report says that a consultant is pre-paring the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and advising the town planner. It adds that a full study is required for the project, “because the area is adjacent to existing developments”.

With regard to the area of Gqebera known as “Airport Valley” Community Street), the report says that the environ-mental issues have been resolved and the designed have been “programmed” for approval in October this year.

It says that procurement and the construction of the infrastructure “awaits relocation of the residents,” which will take place in three stages to the Transit Area. This is planned for May next year, it says, adding that the infrastructure for the third stage will be completed by March 2016.

The report says among the challenges in the whole process of addressing housing issues in Gqebera is difficulty in obtaining accurate statistics of the number of households in the area.

In addition, it states, there are challenges associated with obtaining information, “particularly responses and approvals” from the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT).

Further, the report says, there is a challenge in obtaining consensus from stakeholders during the public participation process for the environmental application. - MetroMinutes.