The Uplace project has been controversial since its inception, and has been the subject of appeals and counter-appeals, permits granted and then cancelled… its proximity to the (also controversial) Neo project on the Heysel plateau, has also been a subject of contention.
The latest blow, which may indeed signal the final end of Uplace, comes as a result of objections from three associations: Greenpeace, Bond Beer Leefmilieu and Bral. In a communiqué released by these, they say: ‘The definitive fatal blow dealt to this retrograde project is very good news. We have been opposed to Uplace from the outset. A large shopping centre in a location which is only accessible by car is irreconcilable with the challenges in the domains of air pollution, climate, traffic and land use’.