• Sun
  • Dec 28, 2014
  • Updated: 5:54pm


Papers cast doubt on C.Y. explanation

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying might have been aware of the existence of illegal structures on his two houses on The Peak when he bought them, a clause in the sale and purchase agreement suggests.

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012, 12:00am

Size matters in new code on flat sales

Advertisements for second-hand homes will have to show exactly how much space there is in each flat from next year, though estate agents will not be banned from using a controversial measure that can hugely inflate the quoted size of flats.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Yuen Long site 'needs transport links'

A 200 hectare site south of Yuen Long town earmarked for a housing development could yield tens of thousands of flats, but the transport infrastructure must be upgraded first, surveyors say.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Developers step up pressure over bill on flat sales

Developers want the government to remove two key components of a bill to regulate the sale of new homes, which their lawyers say are unconstitutional.

The call by the Real Estate Developers Association comes as members of a panel studying the bill rush to finish their clause-by-clause scrutiny to get it through before the legislature's term ends in July.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Police accused of 'media discrimination' at rally

Journalists condemned the police's 'discriminatory' press arrangements yesterday as only four TV stations were allowed to use a media zone close to the central government liaison office to report a commemoration of the Tiananmen crackdown.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Housing Society off beam, lawmakers say

The Housing Society has come under fire for 'straying from its mission' as it introduced two upmarket elderly housing projects to lawmakers yesterday.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bid to break heritage deadlock

The owner of Ho Tung Gardens should get no more than half of what she wants in compensation over a government conservation plan for the mansion on The Peak, according to a consultancy report commissioned by a foundation, of which her nephew is patron.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Asia Society short HK$80m for conserving Admiralty military site

The Asia Society is struggling to raise HK$80 million to conserve a prime military heritage site in Admiralty that will open next month as its new headquarters, but with limited public access.

Antiquities advisers say the society should allow greater public access rather than restrict visitors to several guided tours a week.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Flaws found in planned rules on floor space

Major property developers have branded the government's plans for laws regulating the sale of new flats as 'unfair'.

Stewart Leung Chi-kin, chairman of the Real Estate Developers Association's executive committee, said: 'We are not against the legislation. But there are provisions that it is not practical to implement.'

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Help at hand for owners of old flats

The government has launched a HK$38 million project to help homeowners in 1,200 old buildings to organise their own corporations.

The scheme targets buildings that lack an owners' corporation and will help to reactivate defunct ones.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Prison proposal draws caution

The Real Estate Developers Association is warning the government not to overreact when deciding on a jail penalty in legislation to regulate the primary property market.

Stewart Leung Chi-kin, chairman of the Reda executive committee, said yesterday that the government should clarify the circumstances that would incur a jail term.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Geopark added to the global list

Hong Kong's eastern countryside has been added to the Unesco-sponsored global geopark list.

The designation was made by the Bureau of the Global Geopark Network after a three-day conference in Norway. A total of 10 sites were chosen out of 16 applications from around the world this year.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Firm told to pay for bypass damage

The government is claiming HK$320,000 from a contractor on the Central-Wan Chai Bypass whom it blames for causing gaps that appeared in the Island Eastern Corridor expressway in January.

The contractor did not take enough care in excavation work near the Tin Hau section of the flyover along the northern shoreline of Hong Kong Island, a consultant says after an investigation.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Action urged to protect historic sites

Heritage advisers want a more proactive approach to conservation after learning that a 77-year-old villa owned by rural chief Lau Wong-fat was left to rot despite having a historic grading.

Government officials, meanwhile, are finally inviting proposals to set up a heritage trust after years of talk.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Prosecution of train fare protesters is 'political'

Two young activists who protested against rising train fares when the transport minister was speaking at a public event deny allegations of disorderly behaviour.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am