Bo-Kaap historical area in the City of Cape Town will soon be secured from high-rise building development as the City council has decided to approve its inclusion in a heritage protection overlay zone (HPOZ).
The measure will come into effect once published in the Provincial Gazette, however, the news has already been welcomed by the local community as well as by the authorities.
“Council’s approval marks a pivotal moment for the Bo-Kaap,” Cape’s mayor Dan Plato said, adding that the city was fully committed to conserving the unique landscape in a sustainable and considered manner.
Residents of the area who previously formed several protests in order to keep the area safe have expressed thankfulness for the decision. Meanwhile, the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association reminded that the residents wanted to be actively involved in the working out of the precinct plan.
The proposed HPOZ for the Bo-Kaap extends to the Table Mountain National Park and includes the northern green verges to the northwest of Strand Street as well as Buitengracht Street between the intersections with Carisbrook and Strand Street.