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  1. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Government urged to keep medieval well that may be part of ancient Silk Road

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 03:31am by Olga Wong

    ... to the mainland authorities as they are part of national heritage," said lawmaker Chan Yuen-han, of the Federation of Trade Unions. Speaking at a meeting of the Legislative Council development panel ... valuable finds among an extensive trove of relics unearthed at the construction site of the To Kwa Wan MTR station. Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po hinted last week that the government ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Households will get three years to 'ease into' proposed rubbish levy

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 05:11am by Olga Wong

    ... and will therefore see higher charges, which have yet to be specified in the Council for Sustainable Development's plan. "There are more than 80,000 buildings in Hong Kong and it is impossible ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Villagers' wish granted as So Lo Pun enclave zoned for farming

    Posted Nov 22nd 2014, 04:36am by Olga Wong

    ... Town planners have shown sympathy to villagers' wish to resume farming on their own land, by changing the government's proposed land use in So Lo Pun, an enclave near Sha Tau Kok. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - PROPERTY

    'Ho Man Tin' flats not all they appear, warns properties watchdog

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 03:10am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com 'Ho Man Tin' flats not all they appear: watchdog A government body set up to monitor misleading home sales tactics has warned buyers of flats at a luxury development to take marketing claims with a pinch of salt- not least because it is not in the area its name suggests. The Sales of First-hand Residential Properties Authority says buyers ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - PLANNING

    Green islands envisioned for disused Kai Tak airport runway, waterfront

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 04:10am by Olga Wong

    ... by Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po, said the winning design was unique as it offered solutions for improving the quality of water surrounding the disused runway. "It gives a natural ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    High management fees likely for single-block developments, say property specialists

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:42am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Property specialists note that the government is pushing small developments to boost flat total High management fees likely for single-block homes The growing trend towards single-block flat developments as a result of the government's aggressive hunt for building land is likely to push up management fees for buyers of both private and subsidised ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Developers may get revised guidelines urging clarity on fixed windows

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by Olga Wong, SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Olga Wong and Samuel Chan Guidelines on sales tactics may be revised as it emerges that buyers may not be getting clear picture on flats with windows that don't open Developers in frame over fixed windows Revised guidelines on sales tactics may be issued to property developers after it emerged that some could be fudging information on flats- leaving homebuyers unaware ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - TOWN PLANNING

    Developers given up to 12 years to start projects

    Posted May 17th 2014, 04:02am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Developers given up to 12 years to start projects Property developers and the Urban Renewal Authority will be given a maximum of 12 years to start work ... planner warned of a greater potential for conflict the longer a development drags on. Ng Cho-nam, a town planning professor at the University of Hong Kong, said the measure would just delay ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Cheaper flats? We can do that, say developers

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 04:30am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Surprise statement to government comes amid plans for 10pc increase in affordable housing Cheaper flats? We can do that, say developers Contrary to popular opinion, developers in Hong Kong are interested in building affordable flats- if incentives are given, according to a statement from the Real Estate Developers Association yesterday. Analysts said ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - PLANNING

    Developer Bonds Group buys old Kowloon City buildings for HK$242 million

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 04:07am by Olga Wong

    ... a two-year-old scheme. The 64-year-old properties at 67-71 Lion Rock Road were sold to a developer, the Bonds Group of Companies, at its opening bid. Two potential buyers made no attempt to bid ... and organises an auction for them to sell their property to a developer that will take up the project. At least half of the owners must apply for the service for the URA to step in. Staff members try ...




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