Alph Lukau At Logger-Heads With Neighbours

The latest on Alph Lukau, is that he is at
logger-heads with his neighbours, who say he is defying orders to stop building a multi-million-rand
guesthouse on his property at Sandton, Johannesburg. Home-owners in the exclusive suburb of Morning-side
say, the residential character of Huntingdon Road, will be destroyed by Lukau’s illegally
built and imposing structures. The City of Johannesburg has confirmed, that
it ordered the controversial Alph Lukau, in October 2018, to stop further construction,
because he had not got approval for building two guard houses with entrances. Metro spokesperson,
Poppy Louw, said Lukau had deviated from approved building plans, which allowed him only to
make additions to his existing residence. She said, Lukau had also been slapped with
a contravention notice, for violating the 3m building line, as three newly constructed
bedrooms over-lapped the building line. Lukau’s lawyer, Lucia Smyth, confirmed that Lukau
had recently had to demolish a steel structure, for which he had not submitted plans. Angry neighbours said that construction work
started about 13 months ago, and was continuing despite him having been told to stop work.
Louw said the building plans for Lukau’s proposed extension to the main house, were only approved
on 04 August 2018, and council officials conducted the first site inspection 12 days later. She
said he had applied to have the three-storey residential building rezoned, as a guesthouse
in October 2018. According to the rezoning application, the total floor area would be
2,156m², and would include two guard rooms and 17 parking bays. In several identical letters objecting to
the rezoning application, sent to the municipality, between November 2018 and February 2019, Huntingdon
Road residents said, Lukau failed to take the neighbourhood into consideration about
the scope, and planned use of the proposed development. According to the neighbour’s letter, which
Sunday Times has seen, construction is, routinely, taking place over weekends and public holidays,
and often late into the night. Workmen park their vehicles in the street, blocking driveways,
as they are not permitted to park inside the property. They have erected two separate entrances
to a single residential property, and constructed an enormous wall and two elaborate gatehouses. Once in use, the property will be host to
outdoor functions, as is evident from the landscaping, and rooftop entertaining areas
being constructed, which will result in significant noise, and potentially dangerous traffic conditions.
They added that Lukau, who moved out of the house two years ago, had in the past hosted
several functions that resulted in road closures, disruptions and congestion. One of Lukau’s neighbours told the Sunday
Times, that his wife and young daughter had stopped using their swimming pool because
of the builders, who were constantly at work next door. A newly constructed balcony directly
overlooks their swimming pool, infringing on the neighbour’s privacy. Another neighbour told the Sunday Times, that
large generators had been used on numerous occasions, outside Lukau’s property, flooding
the neighbour’s house with diesel fumes. Building has consistently occurred late into
the afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays, making it impossible for the neighbour’s family
to enjoy their weekends, or even go out into their garden. Lukau’s attorney, Lucia Smyth, said building
work stopped several months ago, except for “finishes and landscaping”. All building to
the roof area ceased on 18 October 2018, in compliance with the notice received on that
date. There is no merit to allegations of construction taking place over weekends. She said that the approved plans make provision
for a 1.8m screen wall on the rooftop area, to ensure that the neighbours’ privacy is
not infringed. The Sunday Times spotted, about 20 to 25 workers, on site during a visit to
the neighbourhood this week. Lucia Smyth denied that there were road closures,
or that Lukau hosted large functions when he was living on the property. She confirmed,
that subject to the approval of the rezoning application, Lukau planned to use the property
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