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Planning Permission

Test case for land abuse curbs

A new policy designed to plug loopholes that allow the notorious 'destroy first, build later' approach in the New Territories is about to be tested as a landowner in Yuen Long seeks official approval to turn a site onto which it previously dumped earth and other materials

Monday, 11 July, 2011, 12:00am

Henderson seeks review on wetland area plan

Henderson Land is testing the resolve of the government's planning advisers again, seeking a review of its decision not to allow the developer more time to start work on its 14-year-old housing project on the Nam Sang Wai wetland.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Red tape helps the NT dump-and-build brigade

Who's in charge here?

Three government departments agree a warehouse nearing completion on dumping-defaced land owned by an influential New Territories clan hasn't been authorised.

The Buildings Department says it will pull down the illegal structure - unless the Lands Department rules it can stay, which it is now considering.

19 Jun 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

Nod for building of village house in green belt zone

The Town Planning Board yesterday approved the construction of a village house on government land zoned as green belt in a Tai Po community notorious for illegal excavation and dumping.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Rezoning plan for Wan Chai site rejected

A green group's proposal to rezone half of the Hopewell Centre II site as a green belt has not been supported by the Planning Department.

18 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Mixed views on easing of UK planning limits

Government plans to relax planning restrictions on house extensions could attract more small developers to enter Britain's property market, experts say. However, they will benefit little from the changes which are targeted at appeasing owner-occupiers, they warn.

17 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Minister must take back control of city from major developers

The Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has now acknowledged for the first time that the government has the final decision on issuing any land exchange in the Mega Tower project, but then hints at a possible 'risk' if the developer's demand for the land is refused ('Rejecting Mega plan risky: minister', July 19).

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Exemption for 'green-belt' houses rejected

The Town Planning Board yesterday quashed a proposed exemption that would have allowed village houses in the New Territories to encroach on green-belt areas.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Move to let villagers build on green belts

Planners push small-house change

The government is planning to relax its rules to speed up the building of village houses in the New Territories in response to rising pressure from indigenous villagers.

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am