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New life vs decay in the battle for Wing Lee Street

Wing Lee Street may have been saved from demolition a year ago but conservation is difficult because the Urban Renewal Authority has been able to acquire and renovate only four of the 12 tenements.

Saturday, 22 October, 2011, 12:00am

Investors shunned in old flats scheme

A pilot scheme that encourages flat owners in dilapidated buildings to invite the Urban Renewal Authority to redevelop the block will exclude buildings that have been dominated by investors or developers.

Flat owners evicting tenants in the hope of getting more compensation will not be entertained either.

26 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Tenement families may sue owner for payout

Families of two people killed in the collapse of a tenement block in To Kwa Wan last year are planning legal action against the building's owner, a district councillor has confirmed.

The families have also asked the URA to freeze redevelopment compensation due to the owner until legal proceedings are concluded.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Old leases without height restrictions cannot override statutes passed later

I refer to the recent comments by the Heung Yee Kuk on a possible judicial review regarding the lack of height restrictions on the lots described as 'house' in the Block Crown Leases issued in 1905.

The kuk appears to regard the Block Crown Lease as the only thing governing land use in the New Territories.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

URA reveals thresholds for 'demand-led' projects

Owners of flats in dilapidated buildings will be able to seek support for their redevelopment by the Urban Renewal Authority, as long as 67 per cent of them agree to do so.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

National pilot project revives rural areas

The Chongqing Country Land Exchange is a national pilot project to revitalise rural areas in inland cities. The project allows landowners to transfer the land use in an open market and it was established in November 2008 with the approval of the State Council.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Pair lose payout fight on tenement revamp prompted by collapse

Two shop owners who raised objections to redevelopment in To Kwa Wan lost their battle for better compensation yesterday. The Development Bureau's appeal board said it had no power to change the compensation policy of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA).

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

URA to play deal-maker over properties

The Urban Renewal Authority is to take up a new role as a deal-maker between flat owners and developers who want to acquire and redevelop their properties.

The move is intended to set an example for estate agents, who are often accused of using pressure tactics and other dubious methods to persuade small property owners to sell flats to developers.

19 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

URA plans work in phases to stop market from dying

Redevelopment surrounding the 150-year-old Graham Street market will be undertaken in phases and more incentives will be offered to encourage hawkers to stay on during the reconstruction, the Urban Renewal Authority said yesterday.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Protest call to residents

An environmental group is asking residents of a Mid-Levels development to request that a developer lower the density of a proposed two-tower, 50-storey project before they sell their flats to the consortium.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am