Town Planning Board

Harbour activist to sue city planners

Board will not change site's zoning, yet admits that decision was flawed

City planners face a lawsuit after admitting the zoning of a valuable waterfront site was flawed, but refusing to change it.

Monday, 20 February, 2006, 12:00am

Few channels open for dissent

While more Hong Kong residents are acting to protect their living environment, critics say there are not enough formal channels for people to express their objections compared with in other developed markets such as Britain.

21 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Study to pave way for shopping revamp

Overcrowding and planning problems to be tackled

A study is to be launched by the Planning Department to find ways to make shopping and sightseeing in Mongkok more enjoyable for residents and tourists.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Planning board to let groups into meeting

The Town Planning Board yesterday backed down from an earlier decision and will allow three pressure groups to present alternative plans for the Central reclamation at its next meeting. The public will also be allowed to attend.

23 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Concern for butterflies puts holiday camp on hold

A leading charity has put on hold its application to build a holiday camp in Tuen Mun after butterfly enthusiasts said the construction would affect up to 40,000 butterflies that migrate there every winter.

19 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Residents offer new plan to save Wedding Card Street

Residents hoping to save Wan Chai's celebrated Wedding Card Street from being developed into just another common shopping centre are fighting back with a new redevelopment plan.

The residents' group submitted a proposal on Lee Tung Street to the Town Planning Board in February, but it rejected the plan citing technical flaws and insufficient documentation.

11 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Tattooed bandits net $5,400 in car-wash theft

21 May 2005 - 12:00am

Opposition grows to 'toothpick tower'

Opposition is mounting against a luxury residential mega-tower slated for Mid-Levels as the developer prepares to meet the Town Planning Board this week.

About 300 families at Goldwin Heights have joined forces with their neighbours at Robinson Place to protest against Swire Properties' plan, which they say will increase traffic congestion and block sunlight.

8 May 2005 - 12:00am

Hopewell enters new phase of tower battle

The battle over Hopewell Holdings' controversial Mega Tower hotel project in Wan Chai is far from over.

Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung yesterday said he had filed an appeal against the Town Planning Board's decision to ban his twin-tower hotel project.

The Hopewell Holdings chairman said: 'I'm confident that I will win.'

14 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Council backs Wedding St residents

Public's 'amateur' urban renewal proposal wins ringing endorsement before going to the Town Planning Board

Wan Chai District Council has thrown its weight behind a proposal to keep the relocation of Lee Tung Street businesses and residents to a minimum and to retain part of the historic street, known as Wedding Card Street.

18 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Locals propose plan to save Wedding Card St

They want a mix of redevelopment and preservation

Wan Chai residents and merchants have submitted a redevelopment plan for Wedding Card Street to the Town Planning Board in an attempt to keep relocation of businesses and residents to a minimum and retain part of the street intact.

28 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Consider all options for Wedding Card Street

Without a doubt, Lee Tung Street in Wan Chai - known to many as Wedding Card Street - will be a test case for how well redevelopment can be balanced with preservation.

28 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Developer seeks change in rules to build theme park

It wants judicial review of draft restrictions on Quarry Bay site

A developer said in court yesterday that government restrictions on land in Quarry Bay to which it secured rights 12 years ago were now so extreme they could amount to 'expropriation of property'.

17 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Double trouble

How the Hunghom Peninsula saga unfolded ...

Sept 1999 Site is leased for $583 million to developer to build seven Home Ownership Scheme blocks

Nov 2002 Government freezes subsidised flats scheme

July 2003 Developer sues government for losses. Talks to modify lease follow

30 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Change to law plugs illegal rural building loophole

A legal loophole has been plugged with an amendment to the Town Planning Ordinance, making it easier to protect Hong Kong's rural areas from illegal development, the Director of Planning said.

12 Jul 2004 - 12:00am