Executive Mayor Georlene Wolmarans said that as housing is one of the country’s biggest challenges, this is good news. “The development in Hlalani will include 273 houses and 2 church sites with access to the N2 via the Noetzie Road. This site, part of which was originally a dump site has been problematic for some time and I am very happy that the formal development plan has been approved. The area is situated on relatively steep slopes and shows signs of erosion. In normal circumstance this would not be an ideal property to develop. However, there is already an established community that have been living here for several years.
This site drains via both the Bigai River into the Knysna Estuary, and also into the Noetzie River. Proper sanitation and provision of water and waste collection will ensure healthier living conditions to residents but also improve the water quality, biodiversity and environmental health of the catchment area.”
The Ethembeni informal settlement in Concordia will also be upgraded and 200 housing opportunities for members of the community who are already occupying that land will be provided. Wolmarans said another exciting development is the Happy Rest development, also in Concordia. It will provide housing opportunities for 102 households as well as 1 general residential erf, 7 public open spaces and 2 public streets. “These areas have been identified as higher density areas where a maximum number of units can be achieved by creating even platforms with semi-detached double storey units. The general residential erf will make provision for double storey walk ups that could be used as Council rentals units. There will be 18 units on this erf for people who do not qualify for a housing grant. The layout also makes provision for a church site and a sport field.”
In Sedgefield a group housing development of 14 units in the CBD area was approved.
Press release issued by Knysna Municipality.