Town Planning Board

Creative housing policy would head off conflict

Whether deserved or not, Hong Kong is known as an urban jungle packed with shoebox-like high-rises. In some districts such as the Mid-Levels, this is undeniably true.

Saturday, 24 November, 2007, 12:00am

Ruling on tower puts spanner in the works

A High Court victory yesterday by a subsidiary of Swire Properties concerned only a single site in Mid-Levels. However, it has troubling implications for residents in the district already plagued by overdevelopment, heavy traffic and the canyon effect of walled-in pollution and trapped heat.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Planners challenge Sai Kung land ruling

A High Court decision last week directing the Town Planning Board to reconsider a decision blocking development on land at Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung, may lead to the damage of more private sites with conservation value, planners fear.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Judge calls for rethink on conservation plan

Developer wins Clear Water Bay battle

A court has sent a master plan for Clear Water Bay Peninsula North back to the Town Planning Board after a developer successfully challenged a decision to include certain sites in a conservation area.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Activists kept in dark over plans for old jail

The Town Planning Board changed its reasons for approving the redevelopment plan for Central Police Station and Victoria Prison during a confidential meeting to which heritage activists were not invited, court documents allege.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Unstable foundations

September 1995 Site comprising Central Police Station, former Victoria Prison and former Central Magistracy compound declared monument

April 2003 Town Planning Board agrees to propose rezoning site from government use to Other Uses, with an emphasis on cultural, recreational and commercial uses

May 2003 Outline Zoning Plan exhibited

12 Sep 2007 - 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

Town centre revamp on track

The public and the Planning Department have given a qualified thumbs-up to the planned redevelopment of Kwun Tong town centre, although there are concerns about the height of a 90-storey commercial tower and the effect of high-rise residential buildings on air flow in the area.

6 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

In Brief

Ventilation concerns spark harbourfront plan opposition

5 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

'Wall effect' response a breath of fresh air

The days are long past when the social good of development was rarely in question. Now environmental concerns and heritage conservation loom large. The government's pledge to seek a sensible balance implicitly acknowledges that the city must continue to develop to remain competitive.

25 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Planners demand wind corridors at Oil Street development site

The waterfront site of the former government supplies depot in Oil Street must have three wind corridors to avoid a wall effect and improve ventilation in the area, the Town Planning Board said yesterday.

The board's metro planning committee accepted the Planning Department's brief for the North Point site after considering its air-ventilation study report.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Board gets 280 comments on SoHo tower

The Town Planning Board has received about 280 comments over the past three weeks on a plan to build a 24-storey commercial tower in the heart of SoHo, but has not said how many of these are objections. Sino Land filed a rezoning application to the board this year to turn a five-storey residential building at 20-26 Staunton Street into an office tower.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Talkback

Do you have confidence in the health system?

To maintain a mortality rate of 0.6 per cent of percutaneous coronary intervention, or angioplasty ('Deaths a coincidence, says hospital', June 19), is a great achievement.

It must have been made possible through team spirit, which should instil patient confidence in the Hospital Authority.

22 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Green light for demolition of Wedding Card Street despite last-ditch protest

The Urban Renewal Authority's hotly contested plan to bulldoze Wan Chai's Wedding Card Street was approved at a special Town Planning Board meeting yesterday despite a last-minute protest.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am