New plan for block of Southfield flats

The new plan for the block of flats in Bramley Street, Southfield.

A developer wants to add more flats to a three-storey block to be built in Southfield.

Urban Solution town planners submitted the application for changes to the block’s original plans on behalf of developer and owner, Ismail Moosajee of Bornat Properties.

According to Dane Leo, of Urban Solution,the original plans were passed in July 2019.

Residents objected to the development on two plots between Bramley and Sovereign streets, saying it would intrude on their privacy and cause more traffic congestion.

The new application is for the block to have 16 units instead of the original 12, and for balconies to now face the Constantiaberg mountain instead of the busy Victoria Road shopping area.

Also the flats, which are being marketed to first-time buyers, according to Mr Leo, will now include a mix of two 25m² units, six 45m² to 47m² one-bedroom units and eight 70m² to 72m² two-bedroom units. The flats were all a uniform size in the original plan.

Mr Leo said the block would also be shifted away from neighbours to a more central position on the site.

Mr Moosajee said the changes followed consultation with two estate agents who had recommended mixed-use flats instead of uniform size. However, the size of the building would not change, he said.

The City of Cape Town, Ward 73 councillor Carol Bew and Plumstead Civic and Residents’ Association chairman, Mark van Wyk, did not respond to questions by the time this edition went to print.

The closing date for comments and objections is Wednesday December 9.

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