Neighbours object while City approves plans

03 February 2020 | Infrastructure

Yolanda Nel Plans to relax a 5 and 7 meter building line as well as building consent for a three storey dwelling in Xena Street, Windhoek, have been objected to by both neighbours in question.
The owners of the property intend to demolish the existing building and construct a new building. The erf’s typography slopes from east to the west, resulting in a steep slope from the street level.
According to council documents, the dwelling will be built up to the 3 meter building line on the boundary of the two adjacent erven. Plans are that it will consist of a ground floor structure with gym, sauna and swimming pool pump room. “The proposed new levels being the middle and upper level, sit right on the 3 metre building line, thus encroaching on the 5 and 7 metre building line on both sides of the lateral boundary lines,” the document reads.
The ground floor is about 94m², the middle level 288m² and the upper floor 458m². The three storeys will be seen from the southern and western elevations, while the eastern and northern elevations will only show two floors.
One of the neighbours who objected indicated that there are transgressions on most of the building lines on the first and second storey. They proposed that the plans be amended to cater for a two storey building. “Also, it inhibits our view and infringes on our privacy,” the neighbour said.
According to the other neighbour, it would seem that the new home has a strong sense of an entertainment lifestyle, saying that they are afraid it will become “a party house”. The neighbours are also concerned about the noise due to the open entertainment area and hobby room. They also made note of a lack of parking, a lack of privacy and transgression of most building lines.
“There is a huge wine cellar plus a second one, meaning enough storage of alcohol to get guests drunk, meaning loud music and voices and parties, all to the nuisance of the neighbours,” the objection read.
Despite neighbours’ objections, City approved the building plans due to the topography of the erf, albeit with some conditions. Council said the applicant has to close or remove all balconies facing the two neighbours in an effort to address the privacy issues, while windows facing the two adjacent properties must be located higher up to a point of no less than 1.7 metres from the floor level on both the middle and upper floors.
Those who wish to appeal, have 28 days from the date of notification of the resolution to do so.

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