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  1. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Town planners to start hearing views on village zoning plans

    Posted Apr 27th 2014, 05:58pm by Ernest Kao

    ... to the Town Planning Board today while green groups will meet the board later next month. Most indigenous villagers are expected to oppose the plans on the grounds that the V zones are insufficient to meet future demand for small houses. Indigenous villagers believe they have the right to build small houses on private land. They have vehemently opposed any plans to incorporate the enclaves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1498341/town-planners-start-hearing-views-village-zoning-plans
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Safety first in New Territories village housing probe

    Posted May 14th 2014, 04:32am by SCMP Editorial

    ... departments. With all male indigenous villagers entitled to a free plot of land to build a small villa, the small-house policy is hardly sustainable. Some settlements have become overdeveloped ... SCMP Editorial Safety first in homes probe Village housing in the New Territories is something you either love or hate. For those put off by hectic urban living, the three-storey villas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1511548/public-safety-must-come-first-probe-village-housing-new
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Kuk need more than village clout to form a political party, members say

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 10:47am by FANNY FUNG

    ... must look beyond villages in party plan Despite being a formidable force as a rural lobby group, the Heung Yee Kuk will need support beyond its power base in the indigenous villages ... with the government"- is hopeful about the plan. But he noted that a new party would need support beyond indigenous villagers. "Our scope is not confined to indigenous residents. Non-indigenous residents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1427657/kuk-need-more-village-clout-form-political-party-members-say
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Villager rights deserve protection, but they can't trump all else

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 05:17pm by Ian Brownlee

    ... Ian Brownlee Ian Brownlee says while indigenous villager rights should be upheld, it must be done so in a way that does not degrade the environment in the surrounding country parks ... provide precedents for our own courts, if and when they get to consider issues relating to Hong Kong's indigenous people. The Town Planning Board need not permit village houses as of right ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1336565/villager-rights-deserve-protection-they-cant-trump-all-else
  5. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Sai Kung villager says country park plan breaches 'small house' rights

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by JULIE CHU

    ... It also stated that in 1979, the government promised villagers that private land would not be included in country parks. Therefore, male indigenous villagers could apply to erect a "small ... maintained the policy for more than 30 years, and it was reasonable for villagers to expect the same policy to continue. The inhabited indigenous villages should therefore be removed from the country ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1333161/sai-kung-villager-says-country-park-plan-breaches-small-house-rights
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Ombudsman launches inquiry into villagers' burial sites

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 03:57am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... for indigenous villagers in the New Territories. Alan Lai Nin yesterday cited complaints about unauthorised works, illegal felling of trees and suspected illegal burials of non-indigenous residents ... within the permitted area as he had seen some graves occupying private land. He suspected that the burial privileges could also be "sold" to non-indigenous villagers- as the power ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1405685/ombudsman-launches-inquiry-villagers-burial-sites
  7. News - Hong Kong - COUNTRY PARKS

    Villagers and government locked in land 'game'

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 02:58am by Olga Wong

    ... for 79 new indigenous houses in Tung A and Pak A villages. The government had previously decided not to incorporate the enclave into the country park without giving a specific explanation. ... covered demand from 148 male indigenous villagers living overseas who have drafted plans for building new houses in the two villages within 10 years. "The number is just a rough estimate. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1459681/villagers-and-government-locked-land-game
  8. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Residents of remote Lantau village reveal their plight

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 05:05am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... an indigenous resident of the village. She loves the peaceful environment of this little-known corner of Hong Kong, but no longer finds it practical to live there. Now a widow, she lives with her ... so far." Indigenous villagers' representative Kenny Cheung Shu-kan said: "We have no road access or reliable source of consumable water- a basic human right … Over the years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1450198/residents-remote-lantau-village-reveal-their-plight
  9. News - Hong Kong - SAFETY

    Last chance to have your say on fire-safety policy in New Territories

    Posted Jun 08th 2014, 05:23am by DANNY LEE

    ... removed. Owners of village houses- 700 sq ft homes male indigenous villagers in the New Territories are entitled to build- have been accused of blocking access or removing safety gear once ... "All these indigenous villagers and developers are all greedy. You can't beat the greedy mind, and that's why you need the government, and you need the Lands Department to carry out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1527734/last-chance-have-your-say-fire-safety-policy-new-territories
  10. Comment - Letters

    Government does nothing about lawless state of many villages

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 02:11am by LETTERS

    ... life safe and enjoyable. Robberies are commonplace and police patrols rare. Most villages have no proper roads, drains or footpaths. Indigenous male villagers have become rich through the sale ... Government doing nothing about lawless state of many villages The thorny issue of village house construction has become a weekly media topic, and with good cause. A limited supply of land ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1421567/government-does-nothing-about-lawless-state-many-villages

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