New Integrated Housing Project

Construction of Pelican Park to start next month

Pelican Park: a family-friendly development in Cape Town
Pelican Park housing development
Plans for the development of Cape Town’s second and biggest integrated housing development, with more than 3 200 new homes in Pelican Park, is well under way and the building process is due to start next month.

The new development, to be developed by well-known construction company Power Developments, will feature environmentally-friendly subsidised and bonded houses, as well as a retail centre and sites for future schools, a clinic and a community centre.

The development, an initiative by the City of Cape Town to aggressively address the enormous housing need in the city, offers the buyer several options and is a unique residential development that could change the way communities live in South Africa. According to the City of Cape Town, the project, which will provide 2 000 subsidy houses and 1 300 bonded houses, will help reduce the City of Cape Town's long housing waiting list of more than 400 000 people. 

The City of Cape Town says the beneficiaries have been drawn off the consolidated housing waiting list, with 60% from the nearby area and 40% from outside the sub-council. About 10 000 people who had been on the list the longest received letters requesting them to indicate if they were interested in applying, and 4 000 responded. They will be screened to ensure their eligibility to receive a subsidy once the timelines are confirmed.

The project is geared for families who earn between R3 500 and R10 000 a month. Some of the 1 300 bonded houses will be priced in the region of R280 000.  Applicants who do not qualify for housing subsidies will be able to rent properties in the development.

Pelican Park was acquired by the government in the 1980s for the development of housing, but two previous attempts to further develop Pelican Park housing estate failed due to a lack of funding.

A third Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process started in early 2007, with an environmental scoping exercise, public meeting, specialist reports, and various assessments of the impact of the development on the area. The EIA addressed concerns about the biodiversity and ecological systems in the area, and the need to conserve the Dune Strandveld system, of which very little remains intact in the Cape Peninsula. It also identified the need to protect the habitat of a rare butterfly and factored in future sea level rise and storm surges.

Power Developments’ spokesperson, Gary Power, says the project will consist of two developments, New Horizons and On The Flei. The New Horizons development will be made up of semi-detached houses that are perfect for a first time buyer. A 41.4m² house will be selling for under R300 000.

“On The Flei will consist of three different housing types: a 48m² single storey house with the option of a garage and a third bedroom, a 56m² single storey with the option of a garage and a third bedroom and a 70m² double storey house.

“Our show village is under construction and will be completed by 28 September. If everything goes according to plan, the first homeowners should be moving in by March 2013,” says Power. 

Being sensitive to the environment, all houses, including subsidsed ones, will feature a 100-litre solar water heating system and grey water recycling.

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