JOIN THE BFRA
Government building plans in Bryanfern
In mid-November 2019, the BFRA discovered that the Gauteng Department of Housing had earmarked certain parcels of state-owned land in Bryanfern for high density housing developments.
The focus is on land that belongs to the state, which is unoccupied and unencumbered, and which can be made available for development quickly in terms of the government’s Rapid Land Release Programme.
In terms of style, current renderings show the proposed buildings being similar to the Brushwood and Notting Hill complexes, ie 3- or 4-story walkups. The pieces of land that have been earmarked are along Spruce, Cedar, Cork and Poplar. One of them is inside the Arboretum (see map below – “Bryanston B”).
There are four sites, labelled A, B, C and D. The consulting company for sites B (204 units), C (136 units) and D (80 units) is GladAfrica, which has been in the news recently. It is not yet known which consulting company is responsible for site A.
There was an initial briefing on the plans in November 2019, which was attended by representatives from various RAs in the area as well as Cllr Mike Wood. A further meeting with members of the community, Cllr Mike Wood and BFRA representatives took place in the Poplar park on 25th January 2020. This was followed by a large public meeting at the youth hall of the NCCB, 54 Hornbill Rd, Bryanston, with the developers and the RA on 12th February 2020 from 6pm-8pm. GladAfrica’s minutes of that meeting can be downloaded below.
We thank all the residents who registered as Interested & Affected Parties, and who will be kept informed of developments by GladAfrica.
The Affected Areas:
Downloads & Links:
Questions by the residents and the residents association:
1. What are the more cost-effective alternate locations with less negative impacts and a less fragmented series of site upgrades prior to the construction of the accommodation units?
2. There are 2 firms of Consultants. GA Environmental is one. What is the name and contact details of the other Consultant ? Who is responsible to coordinate their activities ?
3. What is the mandate, Scope of Services to be provided by each of the Consultants ?
4. What is the Consultants estimated final cost of the Project ? (EFC)
5. What is the Client / Employers budget ?
6. Will the areas A & B & C & D be Security Walled ? If so to what extent and at what cost ?
7. Will the areas A & B & C & D each have its own 24 hour guarded access control ?
8. When the Building Density of the flats at “Brushwood” are viewed on Google Earth, the Consultants Architect’s slides of the project flats appear to be unrealistic.
9. Existing Randburg government schools are full. To which school(s) will the children attend ?
10. What arrangements will be made to prevent project construction employees from setting up shacks on the riverbanks?
11. What method will be used for Blasting rock; Hydraulics or Explosives ?
12. What is the explosives fly-rock radius ?
13. What considerations have been given to blasting tremors and the possible damage to existing property ?
14. What are the intentions to protect the environment ?
15. What is the extent of the encroachment onto the periodic river flood line ?
16. Identify by name, the roads that will be widened and at what cost ?
17. Identify by name, the roads that will have pavements and at what cost ?
18. Identify by name, the roads that will be extended and at what cost ?
19. Identify by name, the roads that will be prioritised routes. and at what cost ?
20. Identify by name, the extended municipal bus routes.
21. Identify the location of the municipal bus stops and terminus,
22. What facilities will be available for the mini taxies and at what cost ?
23. Who will remove the speed bumps at the northern portion of West Avenue and at what cost ?
24. Will the complex have a name ? If so, what is the name ?
25. What are the formally declared intended type of structures ?
26. How many declared structures are intended to be built ?
27. How many families and how many individuals are to be accommodated ?
28. Will the existing Electrical Infrastructure cope with the additional Load ? How many Amps are available and what is the Project requirement ? Or will an upgrade be required and at what cost ?
29. Will the existing Water Infrastructure cope with the additional Load ? How many Litres are available and what is the Project requirement ? Or will an upgrade be required and at what cost ?
30. Will the existing Sewage Infrastructure cope with the additional Load ? How many M3 available and what is the Project requirement ? Or will an upgrade be required and at what cost?
31. Will the existing “Pick it Up” Infrastructure cope with the additional Load ? Or will an upgrade be required ?
32. Will the Street lighting be extended ? If so, to what extent and at what cost ?
33. Will the Street Fire-hydrant reticulation be extended ? If so, to what extent and at what cost ?
34. Will the street Landline Telephone reticulation be extended ? If so, to what extent and at what cost ?
35. Will the street Storm Water reticulation be extended ? If so, to what extent and at what cost ?
36. Who will Manage, Control, Maintain and Coordinate the Complex ?
37. Who will ensure that there is adequate access for emergency services ?
38. Will the existing postal service cope with the additional Load ? Or will an upgrade be required ?
39. Will the Complex have a shopping facility ?
40. Will the Complex have a carpark facility ? If so, how many cars will be accommodated ?
41. A carpark requires approximately 9.0 m x 3.0 m = 27m² per car including access routes. It follows 350 cars will require 9,450m² ? ( >2½ Acres)
42. What consideration has been given to the current peak hour traffic and an additional “350” cars ?
43. What is the location and area of the recreational area(s) if any ?
44. Will the boundary fence at the motorway be improved and if so, to what extent ?
45. Will the drawings and specifications of the complex and construction be subject to Johannesburg Municipal approval ?
46. Will the Consultants various reports and assessments be available to the Bryanfern Residents Association (BFRA) ?
47. Is there an intent to extend the complex and if so to what extent ? At area “C” the area on Popular street appears very isolated.
48. What is the Formal Declared Intention: to sell or rent the accommodation units ?
49. Who will receive a copy of the minutes of meeting per 12 February 2020 ?
What to know more?
Fill in the form below or WhatsApp us
072 341 1905
Or WhatsApp (072) 341 1905