After a lengthly battle of more than three years, The City of Cape Town has withdrawn the opposition to review the application of the R1.5-billion development at Maiden’s Cove.

This decision comes after the City carefully considered the concerns of the broader public and various local groups.

On April 3 2018, the Bungalow Owners’ Association along with a number of other residents filed an application in the Western Cape High Court, asking the court to review and set aside the City’s decision to sell and lease the City-owned land between the Clifton bungalows and Camps Bay.

This development would have seen the currently picturesque natural landscape and public braai area at Maiden’s Cove replaced with a boutique hotel, more than 50 private homes, a parking garage for 750 cars, and retail space as large as that of the Checkers in Sea Point.

To date, the City has opposed the review application, which is against a impending development at Maiden’s Cove.

However, over the past months the City has taken note of the concerns raised by residents, non-profit organisations, and others. These concerns relate to the impact the proposed development could have on Maiden’s Cove, and how it could affect those who frequently visit the area.

The winning developer of the area was notified of the change of heart on October 12 and the planned development at one of the City’s most treasured local spots will no longer be going forward.

Thanks to wise residents, locals, members of Maidens’ Cove for All (MCA) and the Bungalow Owners’ Association another beautiful piece of our land will remain untarnished.

The fight to protect loved local land is not over yet, as the awarded developer is still opposing the application, unless it withdraws, the matter will go to Court.

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