New Delft low-cost housing development - but some residents oppose it

Janine Fortuin
The City has started a new low-cost "RDP" housing project called Breaking New Ground in Roosendal in Delft. But some Delft community members oppose it.

The development will build over 2,400 units is its foundation phase. The new project is on a piece of ground used to play soccer in Roosendal, an area of Delft that is over 20 years old.

Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, said that Roosendaal will have 288 housing units. He says that other vacant pieces of land around Delft will also be used for the new project. “The City has identified land in Roosendaal, Eindhoven and The Hague for the 2,407 housing units,” he explained. Umzali Civils obtained the contract for the civil services of the entire project with a budget of R37 million.

Should the project succeed many families will soon have a home to call their own. Resident Amelia Jones is excited about the project. “I am very happy that so many people will get houses. Many have waited for too long.”

There has been much conflict over housing in Delft and as in the past, this development is not universally welcomed.

Because the area is 20 years old, many residents believed land development in this area was complete, until recently when the bulldozers and construction workers arrived on the "soccer field". Lauren Patience is a resident of Delft who lives next to the field and she is unhappy with the project. “We were not informed about anything. I went to the site and asked a construction worker what they were doing and he said he couldn’t tell me, because he could lose his job.”

However, Sonnenberg responded that residents were well informed before construction commenced, “The community was informed of the project through public meetings. The last of these were held on 30, 31 Oct and 1 Nov 2012.” Sonnenberg further explained that meeting minutes are available on request and that a Project Steering Committee that represents the Delft community was set up in 2010 when the project started.


Submitted by babes backyard on

Yhooo I wonder iam gonna get the house coz I'm on the waiting list
I've waiting for my own home for many years iam single mother
Of2 children my firstborn is 8 nd secon born 5mnth I've been shaying at the back yard
For10 years without receiving my own but each and evry time they register people I'm always
the shack I'm stayin in with my children we can see the sky wile we inside
This cold winter we are freezeng today my older child was playing with those ice coz they
Getting throu my ruff I wish I can have a place called hom and I can stop paying rent with the grant
Money plz don't forget delft backyard when u r houses a finished

Submitted by NOLUVUYO on

hi my name is noluvuyo I real hope you guyz are going to consinder the back dwellas as well cause I also been living @ back of the yard renting the space its not a good thing but what else can we do,we real suffering from paying rent and we have been living there for years.

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Submitted by Bulelwa Buqa on

What do you have to do to get your house clean. My name was aproved years ago in tsunami. Tsunami committies they tellng me to pay them same money before they can procces everythng. I dont have money for them,now i wont be able to get my house as my name was approved in a temp that was in B section off which now is no longer there, there is houses there. I am sick of their attitude,becouse i believe that after this ones that will be the end of houses in delft. I dont have house, (ndiyahlalisana)

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