A proposal to build a retirement village for foreigners in Plettenberg Bay has ignited a legal row in what a Sunday Times report calls the politically-charged Garden Route town. It notes permission to build 173 retirement units on a farm outside the town was denied by the Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC, Anton Bredell. This, the report says, prompted a legal stand-off between the developer and the government. Bredell found himself on the back foot when documents submitted to court by the town’s planning chief accused him of undermining the development of the area. This and other allegations are contained in a 28-page affidavit by the former head of town planning in the Bitou town council, Ludolph Gericke, who has since resigned. Bredell tried to have portions of Gericke’s affidavit removed from the court record via a separate court action that failed. Instead, he was allowed to submit a supplementary affidavit to counter Gericke’s allegations, notes the report.