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  1. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Judge blasts developers for wasting time with planning appeals

    Posted Sep 06th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Judge blasts developers over planning appeals A judge yesterday accused developers  of increasingly using judicial reviews to challenge decisions by city planners, causing serious delays to development. "There is a worrying tendency for developers to treat judicial reviews against a draft [outline zoning plan] as a rehashing of arguments run ...

  2. Witness challenges developer's testimony

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... An architect yesterday cast doubt on evidence that a payment of HK$20 million which ended up in the hands of Macau's jailed former transport chief was a payment for construction work. Architect Leung Wah-tat said it was impossible that Hong Kong developers behind a residential project in Macau had made a preliminary payment to the construction firm, as tycoon Steven Lo Kit-sing ...

  3. Developer gets death sentence for fraud

    Posted Nov 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com A property developer in Zhejiang province has been sentenced to death for illegally raising 5.5 billion yuan (HK$6.73 billion) and for fraud involving 1.47 ... caused mainly by excessively high-interest loans. The Lishui court said in a statement the Ji family started raising funds from the public in 2003, despite their property development company ...

  4. Developer cannot begin building in Mei Foo before December hearing

    Posted Jul 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com A developer wanting to build a high-rise at Mei Foo Sun Chuen has no legal argument to secure an interim injunction preventing protesting residents from blocking the site because it is not in a position to start work, the Court of Appeal says. The court gave its reasons yesterday for earlier rejecting Billion Star Development's challenge ...

  5. Developer wins right to hire top British barrister

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Maggie Ng maggie.ng@scmp.com A subsidiary of property giant Cheung Kong (Holdings) will hire a top barrister from Britain in a legal battle with seven purchasers who accused the developer ... than HK$1 million from the developer. They said the developer breached the property purchase contract as it obtained the certificate of compliance from the Buildings Department in July 2004- ...

  6. Mei Foo developer in new bid for injunction against site protesters

    Posted May 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng The developer who wants to build a controversial high rise in Mei Foo Sun Chuen is seeking an appeal after it failed to obtain an interim injunction barring residents from blocking the construction site. Billion Star Development says the judge had 'erred in law' in refusing to grant it an interim injunction. The appeal is scheduled to be heard on May 30. ...

  7. Flat buyers to get legal aid to sue developers

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Ada Lee, Joyce Ng, Paggie Leung

    ... Ada Lee, Joyce Ng and Paggie Leung Flat buyers will soon be able to take developers to court with help from the government's Legal Aid Scheme. The plan forms part of a proposed ... and helps buyers sue developers if they feel cheated or misled. Raymond Young Lap-moon, permanent secretary for home affairs, said the proposed expansion was a response to public demand for better ...

  8. Consent scheme sets rules for developers

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... on time, requires developers to demonstrate they have adequate financial reserves to complete a development. The scheme is applied through inserting a clause in the land lease before the site is put to auction. A similar clause is also added to a lease when a developer applies for redeveloping any site bought before 1961 or involving a change of land use, which requires lease ...

  9. Too lenient on illegal developers?

    Posted Nov 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... penalties for environmental offences can range from no fine at all to just a few hundred dollars. But with growing public attention on unauthorised development and environmental damage after ... Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Environmental Protection Department show they fall well below the maximum. Last year, the average sentence imposed for unauthorised development ...

  10. Developer moves in on shop owner

    Posted May 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... from a developer for a Haven Street shop in an old building since the new law came into force last month. The law, passed by the Legislative Council in March with strong support from the functional constituencies, allows developers to force the sale of remaining flats in a building older than 50 years once they have acquired 80 per cent of the property interests in it. This is down ...




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