Developers and officials ignore frantic objections by neighbours.
Dunkeld in Johannesburg is about to get its tallest building; a six-storey office block that can park 222 vehicles is nearing completion at the corner of Bompas and Northumberland roads. Although the neighbours are unhappy, developer Stuart Grant of Navonet (Pty) Ltd has been building almost continuously since last November, even though the plans were only approved ten months later, in September this year.
Now there is a huge groundswell of objections by residents and other office-block owners in the vicinity, 15 of whom will be badly affected, with homes devalued by up to R1 million.
With 110 residents against the huge development and the traffic nightmare it will cause in Bompas Road, the Craigpark Residents’ Association has lodged an appeal with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications along with the Gauteng Townships Board, as well as with the City of Johannesburg. If all else fails, the group may ask the high court to force the council to review its approval of the development.