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  1. Business - China Business

    Briefs, September 26, 2012

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... in July. In the year's first eight months, net foreign exchange purchases were US$23.6 billion. Reuters   Two sites in eastern districts up for tender The Lands Department announced yesterday ... is in line with the central government's policy of regulating home prices to ensure healthy development of the housing market, the Municipal Land Resources and Housing Administrative Bureau said ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Declaration of interest row after Lands Department official bought 13 plots

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:25am by FANNY FUNG, Olga Wong

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung and Olga Wong Lands Department to review procedures after official buys 13 plots in area she oversees and wins right to build homes from board she sits on Row over official's property deal The Lands Department will review its declaration-of-interest procedures after it was revealed a senior official overseeing Yuen Long had bought 13 plots of land ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Lands Department controls the property market, not developers

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Alnwick Chan

    ... Alnwick Chan Lands Department's discretionary power over land sales is what has slowed development. The system is unfair and bad for the economy Bureaucrats control the property ... parameters setting out gross floor area (GFA), uses, height, and other requirements. In addition, approval is required from the Lands Department for detailed design elements, as well from ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - OMBUDSMAN

    Ombudsman chides Lands Department for lax attitude to pet columbarium

    Posted May 10th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com 'Lax attitude' to pet columbarium The Ombudsman has chastised the Lands Department for being lax in cracking down on an illegal pet funeral business ... year. It found the department had taken little action since 2004, when the complainant first approached lands officers. They issued only warning letters to the business, which initially occupied ...

  5. Lands Department puts 45 sites on Application List

    Posted Mar 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 6.43pm: The Lands Department on Friday said it had put 45 sites up on this year's Application List for land sales from next month until March next year. ... said. Lands Department's website. ...

  6. Lands Department criticised for allowing Tsang's cousin to occupy government plots

    Posted Jul 12th 2007, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... officials,' Mr Wong said. 'The tenant repeatedly violated the tenancy.' He said it was the government's duty to consider disciplinary action. The committee urged the Lands Department to ensure staff complied with guidelines and instructions. It said many questions remained unanswered, such as why no one told the Housing Department that Mr Heung had occupied its land, and why ...

  7. Loss is latest in long list at Lands Department

    Posted Nov 17th 2005, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Wan by Sino Land. The auditor said a change of site classification enabled the developers to build at least 1,000 more units than originally permitted. In November last year the Audit Commission turned the spotlight on the way the Discovery Bay development had been handled. The watchdog criticised the Lands Department for failing to assess whether the developer should be charged ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A storey of woe for our developers

    Posted May 14th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Kong's crazy property market, billions of dollars depend on it. You have to give it to the developer who has the gall to claim that no land premium needed to be paid to tear down five low-rise houses and build a 26-storey block in their place in Kowloon City. Why? Because Fully Profit (Asia), a tiny developer with grand ambitions, argued against the Lands Department in court ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - ILLEGAL STRUCTURES

    Illegal structure row at Harbour Plaza Metropolis hotel in Hung Hom

    Posted Oct 21st 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam

    ... the land lease, it would take appropriate follow-up action, she said. The Buildings Department said it was investigating. A spokeswoman for the Harbour Plaza Metropolis said the hotel had stopped ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com Showpiece hotel in row over 'illegal structure' Li Ka-shing's showpiece Harbour Plaza Metropolis in Hung Hom may face legal sanctions. Lands ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    More care needs to be taken to monitor old trees likely to fall

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... the norm rather than the exception, questions have to be asked why. It is disturbing to learn that bureaucracy appears to have contributed to the tragedy. According to the Lands Department ... responsibilities among departments. It was hoped that tree-related injuries and fatalities could be reduced as a result. Regrettably, tragedies continue to occur. The latest accident saw a 29-year-old ...




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