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We will not allow inappropriate buildings, Karen Association warns

High-rise flats are a NO in Karen-Langata.

The Karen and Langata District Association (KLDA) has rejected the putting up of buildings in the neighbourhood that ruin its serenity.

In a statement, KLDA Chairman Sikalieh Samora says development there is controlled by restricting building height and sub-division of land to specified minimums.

“This sees to it that the Karen area has a low-density residential character,” said Samora.

However, the association is crying foul over the recent trends in the area whose land set aside for residential use covers an expansive 14,000 acres, equivalent to approximately 56 kilometres squared.

“In the recent past, there have been developments in Karen that have been objected to by Karen residents, primarily because the proposed buildings do not conform to the Local Physical Development Plan.

Commercial buildings in residential zones, bars in residential areas causing pollution, buildings exceeding the permissible heights, an influx of petrol stations/strip malls, amongst others,” said Samora.

The association has decried the dilapidated state of the infrastructure  at the Karen Shopping Centre,

“The state of the Karen Roundabout (shopping centre) is in dire need of rehabilitation and collaboration between KLDA and local authorities will see to it that sustainable solutions are derived,” said Samora.

Those who wish to set up any establishment have been put on notice, notably so due to existing judgements in favour of KLDA.

“In October 2021, a judgement was passed by the Honourable Justice Loice Komingoi that stated all developments in the Karen area ought to seek approval from the KLDA office.

On August 2, 2022, another judgement was passed in KLDA and its members' favour by Hon Justice Lucy Mbugua that stated that an injunction is granted to stop the construction of a proposed 8-floor building that has been proposed as the Centre for Parliamentary Studies Training Centre,” noted Samora.

The newly elected leaders have equally been asked to ensure that laws and regulations governing development within Karen are adhered to. The same applies to architects.

“The Association of Architects of Kenya (AAK) is also directed to advise its members that there is an LPDP in place when planning or designing projects in the Karen area, they should ensure that the project proposals conform to the LPDP.

KLDA and its members are committed to ensuring that Karen remains as an exclusive, low density, clean, safe residential suburb in the capital city of Nairobi,” said Samora.