Last year the CPOA reported to members that the Association had launched a High Court Application in November 2014 for the review and setting aside of a decision taken by the Council of the City of Cape Town in April 2014, whereby an application for the rezoning and subdivision of the historic Glen Dirk Farm was approved for purposes of residential development.
This Association’s High Court application was opposed by the City of Cape Town and the owners of Glen Dirk farm. There were lengthy delays in the High Court proceedings because the City did not adhere to the Rules of Court. The owners of Glen Dirk farm also launched a counter-application against this Association’s Executive Committee (ExCo) members with the intention of holding them jointly and severally liable for costs.
We are now delighted to report to our members that after we recently launched an interim application to compel the City to file its answering papers, the City withdrew its opposition to our High Court application and tendered to pay our costs. The owners of Glen Dirk farm have also withdrawn their opposition and their counter-application against our ExCo members.
This Association’s decision to institute High Court proceedings to have the irrational decision of the Council of the City set aside and our pursuit of these proceedings against resistance from the City and even after the owners of Glen Dirk launched a counter-application against our ExCo members, has now been completely vindicated.
Our members can be assured that this Association will continue to work tirelessly towards the conservation of the historic farms in the Constantia-Tokai Valley and to prevent at all costs their subdivision for residential development.
Here is a copy of the High Court Order