Feb update from Architecture & Heritage

To date this year the Architecture and Heritage Committee has received eleven applications requiring formal comment from the OCA. These range from small applications for repairing boundary walls, to highly impactful plans for demolitions and reconstructions in sensitive parts of the neighbourhood. Property developers’ sights remain set on many parts of Observatory as a space…

An update from Architecture & Heritage

The Architecture & Heritage committee has hit the ground running this year, with an expanded committee, heritage applications already rolling in for comment, and some new projects on the horizon. Naomi Roux has taken over this portfolio from Kirstin Mackenzie, who did an amazing job keeping the A&H portfolio on task through 2020, developing good…

OCA’s nominations of sites for the Liberation Heritage Route

Observatory contribution to Liberation Struggle Dear Mr Webster The Observatory Civic Association would like to make the following submission with regard to nominating sites for a Liberation Heritage Route for Cape Town. We propose the following sites which we believe are consistent with the intent of the City to promote inclusivity, speak to the shared…

Air pollution bothering you?

If you have a neighboring source emitting fumes, smoke or other disturbance of air quality, the City’s Health Department will be responsible for investigating. Here is a form to complete which you can send to David.Sengani@capetown.gov.za. Make sure that you capture the actual event/s when an air pollution nuisance is experienced. Captured events must represent…

Considering making changes to your house?

‘Hi Obsies, standing on my OCA A&H soapbox here reminding you that even if you are making ‘small’ or internal changes to your house, you need plans drawn up by a SACAP registered professional. Heritage protects the INSIDE, OUTSIDE and even the TREES of buildings older than 60 years. I know estate agents like to…

Architecture & Heritage August Report

A&H has had a busy lockdown- despite the recession, developers are keen to take advantage of reduced property prices and desperate architects. Here’s some news about what big developments are on the horizon and also an update on the ‘backpackers’ at 289 Lower Main Road. 1.Is your professional who they say they are? We have…

SA housing policy fails to support delivery

Housing policy has tended to stand apart from economic objectives and disciplines, sometimes by design and sometimes by default. As a result, it has often hindered rather than helped to improve the prosperity of people and places. In this article by IVAN TUROK looks to backyard dwelling as a more vibrant and viable option in…

Building work complaints in Observatory

Dear Evan I believe you are the new building inspector for our area.  My email to you below refers. INCOMPLETE BUILDING WORK COMPLAINTS BY 3 NEIGHBOURS: I have three matters with regard to the development by Himmy Abader at 289 Lower Main Road, that have not been resolved by Himmy. DEMOLISHED WALL AT NO. 25/27…

October Architecture & Heritage Report by Andy Goedhals

Major highlights: Supported plans for the following properties: 38 Bowden Rd – Alterations and additions to an existing residence. Supported 10 October) (Marine) 15 Anson Road (Riverview Lodge) – minor additions and internal alterations (Marine) Did not support plans for the following properties: 37 Dane street – rejection of major alterations and additions – re-application…