IRDP housing plans for Daggafontein

Bulldozers working on site at the Daggafontein mixed-use development between the N17 highway and Daggafontein. Heaps of soil are being removed to prepare the ground for construction.

Gavin Enslin from Daggafontein says the new development planned to start soon on the open piece of land near Daggafontein is of great concern to most residents in the area.

“Most of us thought it might be a residential development project and was wondering if we should be concerned about this. If this is the case then we would rather sell our houses before development officially starts,” he says.

Enslin is also concerned their properties might be devalued by the planned low-cost housing project.

“It is not just Daggafontein residents but also Edelweiss homeowners that are affected,“ he says.

According to him, heavy machinery started levelling the ground about two months ago.

Trucks are currently removing heaps of soil and grass, which Enslin believes is in the preparation of construction.

Enslin says it is quite a big area stretched from the N17 highway next to Clydesdale Road right up to Vita Nova Centre in Daggafontein.

Metro spokesperson Themba Gadebe says the Daggafontein Integrated Residential Development Project (IRDP) constitutes a mixed-use development which comprises of housing, industrial and commercial components.

The housing component of the development will cater for different categories of beneficiaries and include the various housing programmes and tenure options, namely full subsidy single residential units.

These units are known as Breaking New Ground (BNG units), Community Residential Units (CRU), social housing rental units and affordable housing (known as GAP housing).

“The project’s estimated yield is 15 511 housing opportunities,” says Gadebe.

The main objectives of the project are to deliver sustainable human settlements and smart cities aimed at providing residents and users with a comfortable and suitably appropriate quality of lifestyle.

Gadebe says the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has approved the project, appointed a developer known as Daggafontein DEVCA (Pty).

He says no construction has started. The stakeholders are still finalising the contractual and planning issues.

“IRDP comprising full subsidy BNG, CRU, social housing rental units and GAP housing,” says Gadebe.

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