Proposed Karen Central Shopping Mall on LR 736647, at the junction of Ngong and Dagoreti Roads
KLDA has appealed to The National Environment Tribunal (NET) against the decision of the Director General, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) dated 1st November, 2010 approving the construction of a shopping mall on LR No. 7336/47. The Appeal is on-going.
Proposed 10 Town Houses and Shopping Mall on LR 9548/1, Ngong Road
As we have reported before KLDA took the proposed Karen Central development adjacent to Karen roundabout to the National Environment Tribunal (NET). NEMA had granted a license for the development and KLDA opposed this on a number of environmental grounds including: the existing sewer is utterly inadequate and the pond is already a hazard, water provision to the area is inadequate,
increased traffic will lead to even greater jams and the development contravenes the Karengata Local Physical Development Plan.The NET agreed with KLDA on the sewerage issue and suspended the licence until the developer provides satisfactory proposals for a “borehole and [on-site] sewage treatment system”. However KLDA’s other complaints were dismissed.
Proposed Zamani Business Park on LR No. 6813, Tree Lane
The Tree Lane Residents Association (TLRA) has written to the DG NEMA objecting to the approval of this development. The objection is based on the inadequacies in the public participation process undertaken in the preparation of the EIA Project Report.
KLDA has also written to NEMA commenting on the lack of information in the Project Report as well as the unsatisfactory nature of the consultation process. KLDA strongly recommended to NEMA that a full Environmental Impact Assessment Study be undertaken. No response has been received from NEMA to date.
Proposed Grange Park Estate and Commercial Centre on LR No. 12445, off Karen Road,
KLDA commented on the EIA Project Report for this development in April this year. KLDA stated that the project report provided scant evidence that the measures proposed to mitigate the environmental impact of this development will do so, that the public participation and consultation processes were clearly inadequate and that a more thorough approach is required. For these reasons it was strongly recommended that a full ESIA be undertaken.
No response has been received from NEMA and we have made enquiries regarding the current status of this development.
Proposed Shopping, Leisure and Office Complex on the former Rusty Nail plot and adjacent plots LR Nos 1159/379, 380, 381, 382, 383 and 384, Dagoretti Road
The developers are very keen to obtain the reactions of KLDA members and other residents of Karen Langata to their proposals and have made four presentations on these so far. The last presentation was held at the KLDA social evening at the Karen Country Club on 2nd October. The developers are reviewing the designs in the light of residents' comments and are putting together a stakeholder committee to help guide the development as it progresses.
The proposed development will go through the process of obtaining CCN and NEMA approval and residents, particularly immediate neighbours, will be asked for their opinions when the environmental impact assessment is carried out.
Proposed development of Hillcrest International Schools
KLDA has attended a meeting at which Hillcrest International Schools presented their proposals for the future development of the school facilities and the alternate land use for the approximately 18 acres of land fronting the Langata road. The proposal is for a change of user to commercial with the intention that it should be developed for a shopping mall and office park. KLDA is considering its response.
Extension to Tana House, Karen Shopping Centre
KLDA has complained to the City Council of Nairobi regarding the increase in height of Tana House and requested information regarding it structural safety, and measures to improve access/fire escape/adequate sanitary facilities etc. The Enforcement Section of the City Planning Department is to send an officer to inspect and report on the development.
Proposed Hostel for Nuns on LR 2259/439, off Fair Acres Road
KLDA sent comments to NEMA on the EIA Project Report for this proposed hostel. On the basis of these comments NEMA has requested that the proponent address the issues raised by KLDA, to help the Authority make an informed decision. A meeting is being arranged with the proponent, the EIA consultants, and neighbours to discuss the issues raised.
Proposed Student Hostel on LR 10202/4, Kumbe Road off Bogani Road
A meeting was held between the EIA consultants, KLDA and representatives of the Kumbe Road Residents Association at which the neighbours and KLDA described their objections to the development. Following a briefing by the EIA consultants on the objections raised at the meeting, the developer decided not to proceed with the development at the present time.
Use of house and outbuildings on Twiga Hill Road as hostel for students
Local residents report that a residential property on Twiga Hill has been converted to accommodate 200 students with 100 rooms already developed to house 2-4 students per room. The residents consider that it is unacceptable that such large numbers should be housed in the middle of a quiet residential area and that water and sanitation services are inadequate to serve them. It is not known whether the City Council of Nairobi has approved a change of user as no notice has appeared on the site. The residents are investigating whether the development has been approved by CCN and licensed by NEMA.
Proposed residential development on LR 21080/83 Bogani Road
KLDA has received a request from the EIA consultants for comments on the expected sociology-economic and environmental impacts of the proposed project. KLDA will hold a meeting with the EIA consultants to discuss the proposals. The site is between Kumbe road and Kasuku Close and consultants will be requesting comments from all neighbours.
Nursery School on LR 15394, Mbagathi Ridge Road
A licence was granted by NEMA for this project on 24th December 2011 and work has started on site. The EIA Project Report for this development was not sent to KLDA for review. KLDA has now obtained a copy of the report and has written to NEMA stating that the project, as described in the project report, should not be allowed to go ahead as it violates both building and planning regulations and a number of the NEMA licence conditions. Many neighbours were not consulted on the project and are considering what action to take.