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Institution on cnr Cromartie/William Nicol

Withdrawl of objections for institution on corner of Cromartie Ave and William Nicol Drive

Earlier in the year the HGC and 126 residents in the area lodged objections to the rezoning from residential to institutional of the property at the corner of William Nicol drive and Cromartie avenue (Erven 149, 150, 152 and 152 Hurlingham). The applicants had indicated that they planned to build a hospital on the site.

The primary concerns expressed by residents that gave rise to the objections lodged where that i) the property was being rezoned institutional under the guise of being for a hospital but in fact for purposes of building a mosque; ii) the traffic at that intersection is already very congested and a new large building on that corner would exacerbate the congestion and; iii) the introduction of a large "commercial" style building was not in keeping with the residential nature area.

Pursuant to receipt of the objections, the Founder and Chairman of Medin Health, the developer of the site, Prof Girish Modi together with his team have engaged with our ward councillor as well as representatives of the HGC and the Lower Sandhurst residents association with a view to discussing their proposal and finding ways to accommodate the concerns of the residents. They also invited these representatives to examine all the documents that have been submitted to the City in support of the application.

In short, Medin Health intends to establish an institute of neurology and neurosurgery on the property. The proposed hospital will be one to which patients are referred for specialist care and will not be a general hospital.

Following the presentations and inspection of documents submitted to the City together with the various approvals by the Department of Health and the City, the representatives were satisfied that:

1.     All the necessary assessments have been conducted and approvals supplied by the Department of Health, the City and its various departments for this phase of the development process;

2.            The proposed development would be a positive development for the area. The proposed design is sympathetic to its surroundings and will not overlook onto any of the residential properties;

3.            The  development of this property would mitigate against the establishment of a new home for displaced persons and vagrants;

4.            The obligations placed on the developers by the City to manage traffic flow will be beneficial to the suburb and even with increased traffic should provide for improved traffic flow at this intersection;

5.            Since the development is a specialist hospital, the number of visitors would be far less than would be expected from any other development (such as for example  a mosque or high rise residential developments).

In the circumstances, the HGC and the Lower Sandhurst Resident's association are prepared to withdraw their objections to the rezoning subject to the following conditions:

1.            The land be utilised for the building of a private hospital;

2.            The developers adhere to the requirements provided by JRA for the widening of roads, establishment of intersections and other traffic flow requirements as provided in their letter of 15 September 2016 (with reference 17/8/H03);

3.            The height of the building does not exceed 4 storeys including basement parking  and will not exceed 15 meters;

4.            The developers remain in contact with the representatives of the resident's associations with regards the next phases of the development.

In the event that you are in agreement with the election to withdraw the objection to the rezoning please complete the attached draft withdrawal of the objection and submit it to Dee Daniel (matyd777@gmail.com) as soon as possible.

If you have any remaining concerns or queries, please direct them to either info@hurlingham.org.za or to matyd777@gmail.com.

Click here to download the sample Withdrawal-of-Objection letter.

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