Blocked views to endanger flat sales

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 March, 1999, 12:00am

Families who bought into a subsidised housing scheme are threatening to default after they discovered their views will be blocked by government staff quarters.

Highland Park in Kwai Chung offered 1,400 flats for sale in December 1997 through the Housing Society. Only 60 per cent have been bought.

The estate overlooks Rambler Channel and is scheduled for completion next month. But buyers said yesterday they might refuse to sign the final purchase agreement.

'I love the sea view and that's why I decided to buy the flat. But it's all gone now,' said a Mr Ng.

'The Housing Society should let us know how the surroundings will be used, and not use the sea view as a promotional gimmick.' A Housing Society spokeswoman yesterday said it was unaware the 38-storey staff quarters would be built when the site was earmarked in 1995.

'What we knew was that the surroundings had been planned for three uses, namely government use, institutions and community services,' she said.

'We were told the establishments would be far from our housing scheme.' The quarters will be built at a lower level this year.

The quarters will be 50 metres from Highland Park at the closest and 200 metres at the most distant.

This month, the Housing Bureau proposed a bill to require developers to provide detailed information in sales brochures, including location plans and layout plans.