Urban Farming Vs Housing And Jobs: Cape Court Hears Challenge Over Philippi Farm Land

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As the global Extinction Rebellion gains momentum, the Western Cape High Court is mulling whether the authorities followed the correct procedures when moving Cape Town's "urban edge" to allow development in Philippi, where urban farming takes place.

The Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Farming Campaign (PHAFC) has taken 11 government entities to court over the way the City of Cape Town and Western Cape provincial government paved the way for the "Oakland" development in 2011.

At the time, Dan Plato had his first run as mayor.

Along with co-applicant Nazeer Sonday, the PHAFC is questioning the processes that led to the decision to "soften" the city's urban edge and let a parcel of horticultural land be used for urban development.

Picketers outside the court carried posters calling for the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) and Cape Flats Aquifer to be protected from development.

Sonday said the case was precedent-setting for the PHA. "If we lose this court case and this development goes ahead, we will lose the whole area."

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