BUILDING: Cape Flats Builders Kept Busy
Recent Western Cape Business News
DESPITE a slump in the building industry, Cape Town has been fortunate to escape the recession affecting the housing sector in the rest of South Africa.
For the three months to June this year, the City of Cape Town approved a total of 507 building plans and 200 land use applications for the Blaauwberg district alone.
"Most of the building plans are for additions or alterations to buildings of less than 500m²," says Susan Matthysen, Blaauwberg District Manager, Planning & Building Development Management.
"Best of all, the submission of more properly completed plans has enabled our office to pass 20% more building plans than for the previous three months," she says.
The City’s Department of Planning and Building Development Management (PBDM) has restructured itself into eight district offices in order to better serve Cape Town’s 3,2 million residents.
The Blaauwberg district office is based at Milpark Building in Koeberg Road, Milnerton.
It oversees all planning and building developments in areas such as Atlantis, Avondale, Beacon Hill, Big Bay, Blaauwbergstrand, Blouberg, Brooklyn, Century City, Dunoon, Killarney Gardens, Mamre, Marconi Beam, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Montague Gardens, Paarden Eiland North, Parklands, Rugby, Sanddrift, Saxonsea, Saxonwood, Sherwood, Summer Greens, Sunningdale, Table View, Tijgerhof and Westfleur.
"A recent survey found that a third of all applications are incomplete or incorrect. This causes unnecessary delays in the approvals process. In some cases, applicants don’t even bother to respond to the department’s request for more information," says Cheryl Walters, Director of Planning and Building Development Management.
"Planning, land use and building plan applications are processed within clear legal frameworks. We urge the public to familiarise themselves with the applicable laws, zoning schemes and building regulations. This will help us to provide a more effective and efficient service," she says.
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