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A Greenbelt Under Threat

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Constantia valley residents have raised a red flag over part of the Grootboschkloof greenbelt being carved up for a housing development.

They are questioning how property owners in the area came into private ownership of land identified as public open space on City maps.

The remainder of erf 3029 between Strawberry Lane and Willow Road was purchased by Schumacher Real Estate in September for R20 million. The company’s owners are German former racing driver Ralf Karl-Heinz Schumacher and Peter Tauber. They own the neighbouring Villa Coloniale luxury retreat and a B&B in Price Drive. Efforts to contact the owners have been in vain. Villa Coloniale staff said Mr Schumacher was overseas and only returning at the end of the year, and Mr Tauber did not respond to emails and phone messages.

Architect Jaclyn Cattell, who has drawn up designs for a housing development of 13 double-storey houses, a clubhouse and gym, 26 parking bays and three swimming pools, said it was far too early to comment about the development and that residents had “jumped the gun”. She referred us to Karlo Hendriksz, of First Plan Town and Regional Planners, but he did not respond to calls and emails.

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