The urban future of Cape Town

Provincial Planning MEC Anton Bredell has made two decisions which will shape the urban future of Cape Town.

Bredell was faced with two controversial projects on which he had to give the go-ahead on, one was the development of the Westcape mini-city and the other was the to develop the so-called “bread-basket” (a horticultural area in Philippi.)

Residents were pleased when it was announced that there will be no development in the “bread-basket” but at the same time the Westcape mini city remains a controversial project.

The proposed project plans to build 200 000 homes for 800 000 residents bordering Atlantis. This will extend the city’s urban edge quite considerably and while the MEC’s approval doesn’t give the developers the final go-ahead, experts still question the project.

Many believe that not enough consideration was given to the safety and security of the residents, while others argue that the city is already under strain and such a project will only add to the existing problem.

The debate on how the urban landscape of Cape Town should (or could) look like is an ongoing one and while the developers run the gamut of pre-building permits and zoning, it is surely one that will continue.

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