The Victoria Country Club Estate in Pietermaritzburg has taken a resident to court for construction activity that deviates from approved building plans. The Witness reports a consent order was granted yesterday by the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg).

Duncan Goosen, his family members and Ovland Construction have undertaken not to conduct any construction activity on the property that is not provided for in the building plans approved by the estate and its homeowners’ association and Msunduzi Municipality.

Pierre de Villiers Berange, of the estate, said in court papers that the illegal construction activities needed to be stopped because they present environmental risks.

He said if a water course, drainage feature or any protected activity is compromised because of unregulated and unauthorised construction activity, this would be irreversible and would prejudice all the residents in the estate and the city.

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