Wescape project may start 2016

The developer says the R140 bln project includes housing, schools and clinics.

The developer says the Wescape project includes housing, schools and clinics.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town developer behind plans to build a mini-city on the West Coast says if all goes well it hopes to start construction in 2016.

Western Cape Planning MEC Anton Bredell has approved an application by the City of Cape Town that now allows for the possible development of the massive Wescape mini-city between Koeberg and Melkbosstrand.

The R140 billion Wescape project has been in the pipeline for some time now and includes the building of 200,000 homes, libraries, schools and clinics over a 20 year period.

Project developer CommuniTgrow's Gita Goven says it is fantastic the provincial government has finally given the go-ahead.

"We were expecting the project approval but nobody could really say when that would come about."

Goven says their work is cut out for them and they still need several legal authorisations.

"The entire process may take between two and a half to three years."

If Wescape is built, developers say several jobs and opportunities will be created.