Planning Department

Wan Chai site marked out for new convention centre

Wan Chai site marked out for new convention centre

The government has earmarked a site next to the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai for a new convention complex. But the six-storey building, to stand atop the future MTR Exhibition station, will be used only for conventions and meetings.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:40am 2 comments

Housing set to gobble up Hong Kong's open space

A view of Causeway Bay and Tai Hang, with Victoria Park (centre) and Victoria Harbour. Photo: Edmond So/SCMP

Open space almost equal to the size of Victoria Park is set to be lost as part of the government's quest for more housing land. This was shown yesterday in an Audit Commission report quoting figures provided by the Planning Department.

18 Apr 2013 - 9:36am 1 comment

Government eyes Lamma Island site for new housing project

The government is looking at an area in Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island for housing development.

The government is looking at an uninhabited part of Lamma Island in its search for more housing sites, tabling options that would yield up to 2,800 flats.

But residents and environmentalists caution against overdeveloping the island, long a haven for wildlife as well as urbanites escaping the city's bustle.

8 Dec 2012 - 8:54am 2 comments

Urn firm that claims it's a shrine loses appeal

The operator of a human ash repository has once more lost a linguistic argument that its facility is a shrine not a columbarium and therefore not subject to planning rules.

Throwing out the contention of The Shrine in Yuen Long, the Court of Appeal also ordered it to pay the government's costs in opposing the case.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Arts studio in factory deemed fire risk

An industrialist's initiative to convert part of his factory into a cheap rehearsal studio for artists has failed to win the support of the Planning Department.

The project has the support of the Home Affairs Bureau and the Arts Development Council, but does not satisfy fire safety requirements, the department said yesterday.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Delaying tactics' over beach

Rural politicians are using delaying tactics to stall the inclusion of a Sai Kung coastal enclave in a country park, government advisory board members claim.

The Country and Marine Parks Board, which advises the government, is pushing for a 16.5 hectare area in Tai Long Sai Wan to be incorporated in the Sai Kung East Country Park as soon as possible.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Quarry to house 30,000 people

A Kowloon hills quarry will become home to 30,000 people, with rock caverns being used for leisure and retail use after it closes in 2016, under Planning Department proposals.

The Anderson Road Quarry, between Kwun Tong and Tseung Kwan O, will provide a 40-hectare platform for development, the same size as the West Kowloon Cultural District.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

City Digest

Mong Kok site to be rezoned commercial

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Henderson Land criticised over wetlands site

Henderson Land Development has not submitted a wetland restoration programme to the government for its luxury housing project on an ecologically sensitive site in Yuen Long, although it has started site formation work already.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Kuk head Lau in the wars again

Lau Wong-fat, the embattled executive councillor and Heung Yee Kuk chairman, pointed the finger at a middleman company yesterday after an illegal war game business was revealed to be operating on one of his rural sites in Yuen Long.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Shenzhen and HK citizens can benefit from green border zone

A 2,400-hectare border area is to be opened next year ('Development urged for green border zone', August 25).

A think tank has suggested that the area could be used for a range of purposes, from private hospitals and outlet malls to conference and exhibition venues and university campuses as Hong Kong needs land for various kinds of development.

31 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Museum relocation gets green light

The relocation of the privately owned Maritime Museum from Stanley to pier No 8 in Central has been given the green light by the Planning Department.

12 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Rural housing policy rewards bad behaviour

Suppose you failed to pay the government what you owed it for the maids' levy on your former helper, and then tried to hire a new one. The Immigration Department would rightly refuse to grant the new helper a visa. Otherwise, it would amount to condoning bad behaviour.

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

Boats and boardwalk floated for North Point

A harbourfront planning study has suggested developing the North Point ferry piers and the Eastern Harbour Tunnel portal area into leisure hubs.

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Waste dumping: man in court

The only person charged so far over the dumping of construction waste on farmland at a Sheung Shui village has appeared in court.

Man Chun-shing, director of the Treasure Palace Property Agency, entered no plea in Sha Tin Court yesterday to breaching the Town Planning Ordinance by filling land at Ho Sheung Heung, in Kwu Tung, some time between June 18 and July 17.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am