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  1. Legco call to review 'bully' tactics

    Posted Sep 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Helen Wu Legislators called for a comprehensive review of the government's urban renewal strategy yesterday, saying social discontent over the way the Urban Renewal Authority handled some of its projects would soon 'explode' if a review did not come in time. Albert Chan Wai-yip, of the League of Social Democrats, told the Legislative Council's planning, lands ...

  2. No-frills homes promise is missing in new guidelines

    Posted Feb 25th 2011, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng Back in October, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she hoped the Urban Renewal Authority would provide no-frills, affordable homes whenever possible. ... the difference between the two. Wong Ho-yin, of activist group People Planning in Action, said he was disappointed the revised strategy did not address this 'harsh' aspect of the flat-for-flat ...

  3. Battle lines drawn to save Wing Lee Street tenements

    Posted Mar 08th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Planning Board has so far received 449 submissions from individuals, most of them objecting to the redevelopment. On Facebook, a group called Stop the Urban Renewal Authority from Destroying SoHo in Hong Kong has drawn more than 1,700 supporters. An Urban Renewal Authority spokesman said the plan would remain unchanged before the Town Planning Board vets it on March 19. 'The community ...

  4. Fewer streets, bigger profits for developers

    Posted Aug 18th 2008, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... it was not compulsory for developers to study a street's value. Mr Ng said removing streets made it easier to plan and design a development. 'The streets could be kept and treated as open space,' ... of the Urban Design Alliance, Vincent Ng Wing-shun, said guidelines were necessary to control this phenomenon. Development density is controlled by plot ratio- gross floor area divided by site area- ...

  5. Unique neighbourhoods lost to developer-friendly 'renewal'

    Posted Jan 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... We have been promised a review of the urban renewal strategy for some time now and yet nothing seems to have changed. The Urban Renewal Authority continues to impose its will and those ... with developers to create these new investment opportunities. What seems to be lacking in the urban renewal strategy is a longer-term vision for what a truly international city could be if it was managed ...

  6. Get the ball rolling

    Posted May 27th 2006, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) should stop holding back and proceed with redevelopment projects in old urban districts. Such projects involve the interests of different ... may view such projects from a different perspective. Urban renewal is an integral part of the government's land and housing policies, and should not be treated as a separate issue. ...

  7. Lack of water a major threat to development

    Posted Mar 30th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... government ministries responsible for urbanisation to address a media briefing on development plans yesterday. Zhang Qin, head of the Ministry of Urban-Rural Development's planning department, ... Cary Huang in Beijing A severe shortage of natural resources, especially water, on the mainland will hinder the central government's ambitious plan to speed up the urbanisation ...

  8. Sky-high prices foil en bloc sales

    Posted Dec 05th 2007, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... in the near future. 'The asking prices jumped sharply in the last few weeks and, as a result, our acquisition plans in Mid-Levels have been put on hold,' Mr Au said. 'Developers have ... additional plot ratios through the proposed redevelopment. This drove Richfield to put the acquisition plan on hold. Now Mr Au expects the acquisition of old properties to be put on hold for the next ...

  9. Snappers out in force on doomed street to capture piece of history

    Posted Feb 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... targeted for redevelopment by the Urban Renewal Authority. Echoes, directed by Alex Law Kai-yui and produced by Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting, tells the story of a shoemaker's family through the eyes of a child. Law said it was largely based on his childhood. Both Law and Cheung have called for the government to save the street, but the Urban Renewal Authority is pressing ahead with redevelopment ...

  10. Central government to scrap housing demolition regulation

    Posted Dec 18th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... eager for revenue, stood in the way of such reforms, he said. 'They pay too much attention to urban development and may neglect protecting the property and housing rights of all ...




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