Houses for NDF members at Farm 37
15 December 2020 | Infrastructure
Lilo Niilenge; Former management committee chairperson; “The development will uplift Farm 37 and set a trend. . .”
The Walvis Bay municipal council has approved the sale of land at Farm 37 to Power Shield Trading, a Namibian registered close corporation and a subsidiary of the Defence Force Foundation.
The company intends to construct affordable houses for Namibian Defence Force members.
Lilo Niilenge, the former chairperson of the municipal management committee, said that Power Shield Trading applied in October and indicated they wish to acquire land on Farm 37 to build houses for NDF members.
“The land is strategically positioned for the members of the defence force as it is nearby the Rooikop Military Base. Farm 37 consists of 31 portions and council is in an advanced stage to develop Extensions 1 and 2 and Green Valley proper. The bids for civil works to provide infrastructure to Extensions 1 and 2 and Green Valley proper will be awarded soon. Opinion is therefore held that portion 1 and 2 of Remainder Farm 37 be allocated to Power Shield Trading.”
She explained the locality plan depicts that the land is unserviced at Portion 1 and 2 of Remainder Farm 37.
“The portion of land identified on Remainder Farm 37 is not formalized in terms of the Town Planning Ordinance (Ordinance 18 of 1964). The applicant has to go through all planning processes to create or establish the township legally.”
Niilenge said the proposal from Power Shield Trading is a unique development proposition that will significantly contribute to the growth and development of Walvis Bay.
“The development will uplift Farm 37 and set a trend for other developments to follow. The application by Power Shield is supported as it will bring about much needed opportunities to Walvis Bay.”
The applicant has not made any offer to purchase land from council. However, it was decided the land will be offered to the applicant at N$50,06 per square meter. Power Shield Trading should pay 10% of the purchase price towards the landscaping fund at the date of sale, and the applicant should contribute to the actual cost of the provision of bulk services.
The management committee also recommended the department of roads and building control determine the exact contribution when final designs of bulk services are approved.
“The applicant at their own cost should do all and or any required ground works, provide all outstanding services and adhere to the standards for all services, such as water connection, water, sewage, electrical reticulation, tarred roads and that such services be donated to council, free of charge,” said Niilenge.
Other requirements include the applicant commence with development within 24 months from the date of transfer at the Deeds Office, and the development be completed within 36 months from the date of transfer.
Failing to comply would result in the undeveloped erf being reverted to council at the cost of the applicant