Garden Cities completes homes in first stage of Phase 12 Sunningdale, with further stages and phases on schedule
With bulk services and infrastructural capacity sufficient for the next 15 to 20 years of expansion at Sunningdale, the Garden Cities’ suburb on the West Coast just north of Table View, development of Phase 12 is well under way.
It comprises the first of three further phases in the suburb, on land totaling 264 hectares in extent. The new phases will accommodate the mix of residential, commercial and community facility development that has been established in the suburb since it came into being 17 years ago. Houses in Phase 12C (173 single residential erven) have been completed and house construction is now starting on Phase 12D (129 single residential erven).
Phases 12 A1, B1 and B2 (244 single residential erven) have been serviced and development will follow on completion of Phase 12D.
Phase 12A2, a group housing development called Maple Creek, consisting of 127 units, will be developed as soon as services are completed, in conjunction with Phases 12 A1 and B1 and B2’s single residential erven
Phases 12 E2 (117 single residential erven) will follow after Phase 12 A1, B1 and B2 have been completed. On completion, Phase 12 will comprise 663 single residential homes and about 414 group houses, on 109ha.
In addition to the housing development, the stretch of Berkshire Boulevard fronting these phases provides sites to accommodate sports facilities, a school or college, offices, retail outlets and general business.
Garden Cities’ philosophy of providing extensive infrastructural and community features for its developments, makes them largely independent in terms of retail, sporting, educational and healthcare considerations.
As part of the new extension to the suburb, Berkshire Boulevard will eventually intersect with Wood Drive, providing access to the major internal artery, Sandown Road, and the West Coast Road, when progress on the bulk infrastructure reaches a crucial stage, and the road extension becomes appropriate.
The bulk services included sewers and sewage pump stations, extensions to bulk water supply, existing canals and pipes. Existing drainage systems were also enhanced and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to determine the best solutions to storm water was also undertaken. The resulting work is also expected to help the City with its existing systems in areas surrounding Sunningdale.
The land shaping exercise, in preparation for roads and construction sites, has incorporated a ‘search and rescue’ operation involving possible rare plant species, conducted by a specialist indigenous vegetation consultancy. Garden Cities is also currently studying the City of Cape Town’s TOD (Transit Orientated Development) Strategic Framework Policy as it applies to Sunningdale, and as part of this process is reviewing its approach to inclusive development projects to align with the City of Cape Town’s overarching town planning philosophy.
The town planning application for Phase 13, Sunningdale, has also been submitted and the City’s response is imminent. Phase 13 is divided into three sub-phases with Phase 13A being a private gated village, proposed as a ‘Green Star SA, Sustainable Precincts’ project – where the community as a whole would be green star rated, based on a range of criteria.
Phase 13B will consist of an additional 116 single residential erven and Phase 13C will be a general residential area of 4.7ha.