Comment period closing

Residents have another chance to submit their comments on the proposed Deer Park cafe demolition.

Vredehoek residents have until tomorrow, Friday August 23 to comment on the matter regarding the proposed demolition of the Deer Park cafe.

At its meeting on June 26, the Heritage Western Cape’s Built Environment and Landscapes Committee (BELCom) reviewed the revised proposals and required further amendments to be made, addressing among others, the revised proposals informed by the heritage indicators, a clear tree-planting strategy and the need for the landscaping architect’s drawings and architectural drawings to reflect the same design in plans, sections and elevations.

The committee also stated that the Table Mountain backdrop as a heritage resource had not been included in key drawings and that the north portion, facing Rocklands Park was still too high.

In addition to this, said the committee, the nature of the interface along the west boundary was not clear

The architect, Peter Buttgens, said they had submitted another iteration for the development to Heritage Western Cape.

The matter dates back to November last year, when residents were up in arms over the application, stating that the building had been part of the community for decades and there had been little to no communication about the application to demolish the 60-year-old building.

In place of the building in Deer Park Drive which houses three restaurants – Woodlands Eatery, Con Brio and Deer Park Cafe – developers proposed to build a four-storey block with more than 30 flats.

Residents said there had been no public participation and that the applicant had done the bare minimum and given the community just one month’s notice period before submitting the application.

To comment on the revised application email