'Not on our doorstep'

28 July 2014 - 02:01 By Aphiwe Deklerk
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BOOM TOWN: Hout Bay from Chapman's Peak, where a planned restaurant has drawn fire
BOOM TOWN: Hout Bay from Chapman's Peak, where a planned restaurant has drawn fire
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First it was the tolling of the road over the scenic Chapman's Peak that had residents of the Cape Peninsula up in arms. But, after months of complaining, they have learned to live with the change.

Now a plan to build a 100-seat restaurant near Chapman's Peak Drive has raised the ire of the locals again.

They argue that what is one of the Cape's most beautiful features would be ruined if the plan were implemented.

At least 80 objection letters have already been submitted to the City of Cape Town as the council is widely expected to give the nod to a rezoning application for land in Avondrust Circle, where the restaurant will be built.

The chairman of the Hout Bay Residents and Ratepayers' Association, Len Swimmer, said: "Noordhoek is an equestrian village, let's keep it that way."

Rory Sales, a resident and secretary of the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group, which also objected to the rezoning, said the proposed spot was not right for a restaurant.

"In my many years of living in Noordhoek, 80 people objecting to something is almost a record."

Claus Mischker, director of Headland Town and Regional Planners, the company that applied for the rezoning, said the restaurant would be owned by Chapman's Spot Resort.

"The client has not made up his mind exactly on [what type of] restaurant it is going to be.

"[But] it's not going to be a fast-food restaurant, it's going to be ... upper market."

  • The Chapman's Peak toll goes up from R36 to R38 a vehicle - buses will pay R379, up from R356 (a 6.4% increase) - from Friday.
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