The Bettys Bay Ratepayers Association has been asked to comment on—
THE APPLICATION FOR REZONING, CONSENT USE & REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIVE CONDITIONS : ERF 4013, SITUATED AT THE CORNER OF DISA ROAD AND CRASSULA CRESCENT, BETTYS BAY
Previously, this application was refused on the basis that the property is environmentally sensitive and was objected to by the surrounding property owners as well as many of the Bettys Bay community.
The land was originally owned by the Municipality. After the sale of the land to various people, mistakenly in our view, numerous proposals to establish various sized developments were rejected on the basis of the areas’ unique environmental and historical characteristics.
Although the focus of the current Application may have changed and certain bases may be covered more thoroughly than previous Applications, we believe that the environmental significance of the area has not changed.
Our stance is that the collective impact of the bio – physical and heritage features would be seriously damaged if the proposed development was “fitted into”, located “in and amongst or positioned such that it “narrowly missed” the ecological and historical centres of the Reserve. ( see site plan attached )
The house would stand out in the Reserve as very noticeable and out of place. Any proposed development must be located inside an urban edge for it not to stand out inappropriately.
The Overstrand Spatial Development Framework and Growth Management Strategy, 2010 ( draft ), and related papers, ( as stated ) suggests that “protection of bio - diversity areas and heritage resources” and “the retention of the rural cultural landscape “ would be best served by locating residences inside an urban edge.
Our objection relates purely to protection of the environmental and heritage sites which form a significant part of ERF 4013.
BETTY'S BAY RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION
14 September 2017