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The Hyde Park Residents’ Association is building a legal case against Legaro, an upmarket housing developer, saying the group’s new residential development will place a strain on the affluent suburb’s infrastructure.

The association, which wants to interdict the process, said Legaro’s development plans were inadequate and had not been approved correctly by the City of Johannesburg.

The new development is called Erven 440 and 441. It is being constructed on 6th Road, Hyde Park.

The Gauteng Spatial Development Framework and the Gauteng Spatial Development Initiatives, which are strategies devised by the Gauteng provincial government, have encouraged the densification of suburbs such as Hyde Park, Houghton, Saxonwold, Melrose, Dunkeld and Forest Town over the past six years.

This prompted the likes of Legaro to seek to build apartments and cluster developments in these suburbs.

‘Rogue developers

Legaro is funded by Stephen Brookes, CEO of JSE-listed developer Balwin Properties. His brother, Roger Brookes, is the CEO of Legaro. The upmarket housing developer was not available for comment at the time of publication.

The association, which was seeking to interdict "rogue developers", alleged the road-reserve improvements and building plans were not approved properly by the city.

Stephen Brookes said he helped to fund Legaro in his personal capacity but was not involved in its operations.

Separately, some residents of an existing apartment development called The Grande have issued summons against Legaro, saying the company’s Erven 440 and 441 development work had damaged apartments in The Grande.

The Grande’s body corporate, said it had issued summons against Legaro Properties, Roger Brookes and their associates.

andersona@businesslive.co.za

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