Town and Country Planning in the United Kingdom

Town Planning Board to fight court ruling on building-height limits

The Town Planning Board is appealing against a court judgment that could have far-reaching implications for the city's rules to limit the height of buildings.

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 3:24am

'Unfinished' village estate gets nod

Village housing developments with government approval do not necessarily provide buyers with basic infrastructure such as a proper access road and power supply, an investigation by the South China Morning Post found.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am


Illegal developments must be stopped

Columbariums - places to store urns containing human ashes - have been built without permission on Po Toi Island and in the New Territories, and the natural landscape has been damaged. I think the government is not doing enough to stop these illegal building activities.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Use idle sites to ease land shortage'

An independent lobby group of professionals is urging the government to first develop underused and polluted rural sites - which together make up an area equivalent to half of the Kowloon peninsula - before resorting to reclamation.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lamma island marina bid is thrown out

A bold development plan in an ecologically sensitive part of Lamma Island was rejected yesterday by town planners, who feared its approval would set an undesirable precedent.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Planners start crackdown on rural cheats

Planning chiefs have announced two measures to plug a loophole in the town planning system that has long been criticised for rewarding a 'destroy first, build later' approach by rural landowners.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Battle to protect our country parks

The 54 pockets of private land that lie within or near our pristine country parks are a headache that authorities are on the verge of doing something about. Unzoned and covering 1,300 hectares, they are vulnerable to development not in keeping with the conservation necessities of their surroundings.

27 May 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

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

Henderson may be out of time on wetlands

Henderson Land's controversial and drawn-out plan to turn the wetlands of Nam Sang Wai into a luxury housing development looks doomed, at least in its present form.

The government said yesterday it did not see why it should give the developer any more time to revise its plan for the Yuen Long site, which was first put forward 14 years ago.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Grey areas the battleground in NT fight

The third in a four-part series on the environmental damage caused by rampant illegal development in the New Territories and how the public is playing an increasingly major role in combating it.

29 Nov 2010 - 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

Board wants briefing on planning debate

The Town Planning Board has asked to be briefed on planning officials' discussions in 2004 about linking the record of activities at a particular piece of land to consideration of any planning application involving the land, a link described as the 'clean record test'.

29 May 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

Cornwall unveils plans for Britain's first 'eco-town'

In southwest England, the Cornwall Council is considering a development strategy for Britain's first 'eco-town'. Built on a 700-hectare site that encompasses six disused clay- mining pits and adjacent villages close to Cornwall's south coast, the new town will be called Eco-Bos. 'Bos' is Cornish for home.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am