Mole development moves onto next phase

Accommodation, offices and much more planned

25 August 2020 | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected]

A diverse development with possible accommodation, offices and other facilities such as a gym, a spa and restaurants are planned for Erf 4747 at the Mole in Swakpmund.

At least that’s what it says in an advertisement that has been published in various newspapers.

The advert was placed by Environmental Compliance Consultancy (ECC), which applied for an Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC) on behalf of the Lighthouse Property Investment Trust. The advertisement states that such a certificate is required for the planned development. Interested parties have until Thursday to submit their concerns and comments.

More details about the development are explained in a “non-technical summary” which is available on the ECC website.

“The planned development includes an expansion of the Mole and the Swakopmund beach, and replaces the former indoor swimming pool and Lighthouse restaurant, which have sentimental value for the Swakopmund community,” the document states.

The development will offer accommodation, office space and leisure opportunities for middle and upper class tourists, as well as the local population.

“This area has great tourist potential and will generate income for the town and an additional source of income for part of the local community,” it continues.

However, no further details are given about the development. It simply says that in addition to accommodation and office space, retail stores are also planned. Furthermore, the playground and other sidewalks adjacent to the property are to be expanded and modernized. A possible expansion of the sewer system is also planned.

After the announcement was published, the Swakopmund Residents Association (SRA) said in its latest newsletter that “this certificate is only used for the construction of a hotel and the associated amenities, and is not a legally required study on the impact on cultural heritage.”

The SRA describes the development as controversial and is “frustrated at how our urban planning scheme has been changed”.

With this, the SRA refers to the changes to the height restrictions in Swakopmund, with the construction of high-rise buildings that has been permitted in the town.

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