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  1. Business - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Shape of neighbourhoods to come

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... study in 2011 and said that a project larger than about 1.61 million sq ft might lead to isolated blocks. The Town Planning Board approves a developer's master layout plan for a site, ... developments are completed remains to be seen. Similar mall designs are on the rise around Hong Kong. We need a new vision of town planning. In the past decade, the government's Planning ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - PLANNING

    Town Planning Board to fight court ruling on building-height limits

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Government fights ruling against the building cap, which may open floodgates for other suits Long-haul battle over height limits The Town Planning Board ... to be imposed in Kwai Chung district, given the case of Kai Tak Mansion. "The Town Planning Board has no choice but to appeal," said a board member, who declined to be named. "The impact ...

  3. Few women on powerful boards

    Posted Apr 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... The Town Planning Board- responsible for key decisions on development- has just six women members out of 29. Just three of the 13 members of the Airport Authority are women, while just two sit ... in 2010. A spokeswoman for the Development Bureau said that while the Town Planning Board did not meet the 30 per cent benchmark, 'we consider that it is more important to appoint the right ...

  4. Judge cuts planners down to size

    Posted May 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong and Stuart Lau The Town Planning Board drew criticism from a judge yesterday for imposing an 'arbitrary' height restriction on a Kowloon Bay estate that was headed ... board has power under the [Town Planning Ordinance] to impose building height restrictions, non-building areas or building gaps on particular sites. 'That being said, the board cannot ...

  5. More of Sai Kung coast protected

    Posted May 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... public awareness of development abuses. The interim zoning of the two pockets of land brings to 18 the number of country park enclaves that the Town Planning Board has put under land use zoning control since a private site behind the scenic Sai Wan beach was marred by excavation in July 2010. The incident triggered strong public demand for plugging planning loopholes. The board put 34.7 ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT: ANALYSIS

    New Territories towns plan a battle for hearts and minds

    Posted Sep 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Proposal to develop three towns near the border have not gone down well with a wary public who suspect ulterior motives are at work New towns plan a battle for hearts and minds A controversial plan to develop three new towns in the northeastern New Territories highlights distrust between the people and the new government, as well as public resistance ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Greens urge government to stop new town plan as farming industry under threat

    Posted Aug 17th 2012, 12:00am by ADA

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Activists oppose plan to build housing estates in the New Territories, as they say it will kill local industry Save our NT farmland, greens urge Almost 100 hectares of farmland will be lost if a government proposal to develop the northern New Territories goes on, say green groups, which yesterday issued a joint statement calling for the plan ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Hysan Group takes town planners to court to get building restrictions eased

    Posted Sep 11th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Causeway Bay landlord asks court to get Town Planning Board to relax restrictions Building rules limit freedom, Hysan claims Developer the Hysan Group yesterday challenged the Town Planning Board in court over the board's refusal to relax building restrictions on various sites in Causeway Bay. Hysan, a major landlord in Causeway Bay, argued ...

  9. Alternative ideas need to be looked at to preserve integrity of the cultural hub

    Posted Jun 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... I understand that the Town Planning Board will soon be making a final decision on the future development of the West Kowloon Cultural District site based on the ill-designed plan submitted ... of the administration to bulldoze its proposals through the cultural district authority and Town Planning Board. It wants them to accept a plan which allots 59 per cent of the gross floor area for property ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - PLANNING

    Town planners to impose controls on Po Toi Island developments

    Posted Sep 29th 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam

    ... Olga Wong and Johnny Tam Despite decision, town planners face court challenge from developers over island project Board to impose controls on Po Toi niches The Town Planning Board upheld ... their full names or contact details, which violates the town planning rules." He said the company would take legal action contesting the board's decision. Mak was referring ...




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