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Urban Design

40pc of sites in residential area non-residential

The government has been urged to review its town planning policy after a property consultancy found nearly 40 per cent of plots in Kowloon Tong - primarily zoned for residential use - have been used for educational or commercial purposes.

Wednesday, 24 August, 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

Mega projects rob the streets of life, land group says

The Hong Kong government should take a more active role in planning new large developments to maintain the city's vibrant street life, a research organisation suggests.

The Urban Land Institute said developments with large podium structures and blank walls, such as the Kowloon Station project, have lost their ties to street life and were isolated from neighbourhoods.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Revised plan for wetland project

A stalled private housing development at a Yuen Long wetland might be resurrected in a different form, with most of the houses built on stilts and separated by canals.

The new developer of the project, which is much smaller than one proposed by big developer Henderson Land which lapsed last year, says the revised design will minimise disruption to the Nam Sang Wai wetland.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New mixed zoning will help to prevent nuisance to residents

I refer to the editorial ('The romance of our city must be preserved', February 9), where it is claimed that the government is pursuing a policy of phasing out mixed-use zoning, and Mary Melville's letter ('City thrives on mixed use', February 9).

18 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

The scapegoats

In the course of Hong Kong's latest property bubble, officials have nurtured the myth of collusion between government and developers, because it allows them to use developers as scapegoats to pacify public anger. The myth is that the government is giving free floor area to developers and thereby enriching them.

12 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

Dynamic planning approach essential for harbourfront

I have read a number of letters in these columns of late on design visions for the Central harbourfront.

However, we need more than design visions to realise good urban design and a vibrant waterfront in Hong Kong.

We need strong political will and a system of applicable planning implementation mechanisms.

16 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

New World blames villagers for dumping on green-belt site

New World Development has rejected suggestions that an associated company was responsible for dumping fill on land it owns in a Fanling village - saying that in fact local villagers were responsible.

14 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Plug loopholes before policy change, greens urge

A green group has warned that approval of a proposal to make it easier for developers to acquire old buildings will open a Pandora's box.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

New rules can apply to existing public space, minister says

The management guidelines proposed to govern use of public open space on future private developments could be applied to some existing cases, the development chief said yesterday as the guidelines were questioned by lawmakers.

27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Officials backtrack on plan for auditorium under school ruins

The government has stepped back from its suggestion that an auditorium be built underneath a site of archaeological interest in Central after locals expressed fears that the plan could destroy valuable relics.

The proposal was made in a paper released on Tuesday. But it was deleted from the paper discussed by the Town Planning Board yesterday.

16 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Developers hit back over green features

Developers are hitting back at moves by the government to stop awarding them extra floor area for putting green features in their projects, saying its approach is 'too simplistic' and is 'not addressing the real issues'.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Bureau plans to run open spaces

The Development Bureau has proposed that the government take over management of public open space in future private residential and mixed developments, but may allow developers to keep charge of such space in commercial projects.

23 May 2009 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Let obscene pay and perks exit with Yam

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am