The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism has issued a positive Record of Decision for a mixed use development in Weinronk Way, Blue-water Bay that is currently a public open space.
The developer applied for authorisation for a high-density residential component as well as a service station with a retail area.
With regard to the residential component, the application to the department was for four-storeys of flats consisting of 80 units and covering a total floor area of approximately 6 060 square metres.
A total of 140 parking bays was envisaged through surface and basement parking.
The Record of Decision, however, has authorised only a two-storey residential component, as in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance flats and residential units within a Business 1 zoning are limited to a maximum height of two storeys.
Access to the residential component of the development will be from Himeville Drive and it will be separated by a boundary wall from the service station.
It is a condition that the residential building be designed in such a way as “to limit any windows facing on to properties bordering the site”.
The service station element will consist of a retail area – a convenience store and fast-foot outlet – an administration building, car wash, 65 parking bays for a service station and retail customers, fuel tanks and associated infrastructure.
The Record of Decision, however, “requires that parking is reduced to the absolute minimum necessary – at least one parking bay per 25 square metres of the total floor space of the service station component”.
Access to the service station will be from Weinronk Way.
It is a condition for the total develop-ment that the developer negotiates with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and contributes towards the erection of more playground equipment, street furniture and picnic facilities on another suitable open space in the area.
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