At a Council meeting on the 3rd of December, Council unanimously approved the development of Erven 4712 and 3339 in Hornlee Knysna for BNG (Breaking new ground) and FLISP (Finance linked individual subsidy programme) housing.
Knysna Executive Mayor Cllr Elrick van Aswegen said that this was another step to address Knysna’s housing shortage. “Our Constitution states that everyone has the right to adequate housing – in Knysna the housing waiting list stands on 9000 and each and every development is a step towards shortening the list.”
Erf 4712 in Hornlee will provide 96 opportunities, 40% of these will be BNG housing and 60% will be serviced sights for FLISP beneficiaries. Van Aswegen said to qualify for FLISP housing, beneficiaries must earn between R3 501 and R22 000. “The Hornlee Housing waiting list (HSS) will be utilised to identify potential beneficiaries and we rely on the administration to ensure that plots / houses will be allocated strictly according to the date of application, starting in 1996.”
Erf 3339 between Hornlee and Fisherhaven can provide around 62 opportunities and Van Aswegen said Council has advertised for development proposals. ”Service providers will be appointed to ensure compliance with SPLUMA and NEMA and a quarterly report on the progress of the Supply Chain Processes will have to be submitted, in line with the provisions of MFMA.”
Van Aswegen concluded by saying that all proceeds from the sale of land on the above properties will be utilised for Human Settlements purposes. “We’ve had a number of housing related protests recently and this unanimous decision shows the Council’s commitment to tackle our challenges, and find solutions.”