Developers Win ConCourt Dispute Over Durban High Rise Seek Legal Costs

The developers of a controversial high-rise apartment building on Durban's Berea - which, after a protracted court battle waged with neighbours has now been given the green light by the Constitutional Court - say they are seeking legal advice on the violation of their rights and will recover costs from those who litigated against them.

The attorney acting for Serengeti Rise Industries, Norton Rose Fulbright Director Marelise van der Westhuizen, said in a statement on Wednesday that her client's integrity had been unfairly called into question and had been subjected to an "unwarranted and baseless attack" on its character.

Serengeti and the eThekwini Municipality were initially taken to the Durban High Court by neighbours of the "boundary-to-boundary" development who claimed the rezoning of the site in Currie Road was unlawful and the subsequent building plan approval had allowed for the construction of a "monstrosity", out of keeping with the area and which blocked views, privacy and sunlight.

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