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Town Planning Board

Welcome step in New Territories

So long as there is more to be gained than lost, people can be expected to exploit loopholes in the law. One of the most egregious examples has to be illegal filling of rural land and ponds in the New Territories to pave the way for development.

Wednesday, 6 July, 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

Don't blame me for failure on Bruce Lee house

The failure to turn Bruce Lee's former Kowloon Tong residence into a museum commemorating the late kung fu legend 'was not my fault', the owner of the two-storey house said.

Instead, Yu Panglin blamed the Town Planning Board for failing to get the project off the ground at 41 Cumberland Road.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Legal challenge threat over west wing sale

Opponents of the redevelopment of Government Hill claim officials charged with vetting their counter-proposal are abusing the Town Planning Board process. They have not ruled out a legal challenge.

The Government Hill Concern Group claims the man who is spearheading the sale of the west wing of the Central Government Offices may chair the board meeting examining its proposal.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Planners told to okay project without report on remains

The government has advised the Town Planning Board to approve two new buildings at the Central Police Station compound even though the sites could contain historic remains.

The Planning Department, in a paper prepared for a meeting of the board today, says it has 'no objection' to the Jockey Club building two new wings at the heritage site on Hollywood Road.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Blind school's plan for luxury estate rejected

The Town Planning Board yesterday rejected an initial application by the city's only school for the blind to turn its campus in Pok Fu Lam into a low-rise luxury residential estate.

The Ebenezer School wants to move all its facilities to another location, yet to be determined. It currently has about 80 pupils and also has an old people's home for the visually impaired.

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hutchison-linked firm in retail zoning row

A company associated with Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa has mounted a legal challenge to a rezoning that blocked its plan to convert 78 car park spaces at the Cheung Kong Center in Central into a supermarket.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Developers persist with proposal for columbarium

Developers seeking to build a private columbarium at a secluded site near South Lantau will this week press ahead with their quest for approval from the Town Planning Board despite objections from villagers, green groups and a nearby youth hostel.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Decision on hospital expansion delayed

The Town Planning Board has asked the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital to supply more information to support its application for expansion. The board said the hospital had failed to estimate how many visitors the expansion would bring to its Happy Valley site, and its 11-metre setback from the road was less than the original plan. The board will hold another hearing on the matter.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Battle lines drawn in country park fight

The battle lines have been drawn between those who support controls on the use of two country park enclaves in Sai Kung and those who oppose controls, but the sizes of the rival forces look a bit out of balance.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Opportunities office backs community projects

The Development Opportunities Office supported more community projects than business plans in its first year.

It was set up in 2009 under the Development Bureau to provide a one-stop service for private development projects it deems beneficial both to society and the economy.

14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Illegal works up sixfold on land in New Territories

Cases of unauthorised development in the New Territories have risen sixfold in the past 15 years, according to Planning Department figures.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Inner-city residents do not want experiment in planned economy

In her letter, Christine Tse, for the director of planning ('New mixed zoning will help to prevent nuisance to residents', February 18), may be trying to pull the wool over our eyes when she refers to the rezoning of urban areas from mixed use to commercial as being the 'new mixed zoning'.

23 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The article headlined 'Group urges rethink on Government Hill site plan' published on C3 on February 16 wrongly stated that in November, the Town Planning Board rezoned the west wing of the Central Government Offices to a comprehensive development area, allowing a new office tower. The board was only given an introduction on the redevelopment at the November meeting.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Locals battle plan to turn heritage site into niches

A plan to turn a historical site in Yuen Long into a columbarium is facing opposition from nearby residents who fear it will create traffic and environmental problems.

The site, known as Pun Uk or Mansion of the Puns, would house up to 20,000 niches for people of different religious backgrounds if the proposal is approved by the Town Planning Board next month.

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am