Yuen Long District

Eco-conscious buildings win awards

Two innovative, environmentally friendly designs claimed the city's top architectural awards this year, as the organiser vowed to wake up developers who put profit before the planet.

Thursday, 10 May, 2012, 12:00am

Yuen Long site 'needs transport links'

A 200 hectare site south of Yuen Long town earmarked for a housing development could yield tens of thousands of flats, but the transport infrastructure must be upgraded first, surveyors say.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

'Blunder' admitted in dispute over zoo

A rural leader who ran a private zoo and park partly on government land in Yuen Long for 18 years may be taken to court.

But Lands Department chief Annie Tam Kam-lan admitted yesterday that the prolonged occupation could be due to a blunder by one of the department's staff.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Outlook & Living - MTR-linked locations

Nature's delights

Railway lines now extend far into the countryside, near many of Hong Kong's 2,500 farms. Some organic farms can be found near Kam Sheung Road on the West Rail, where interesting activities are organised for nature lovers.

Linking people

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Show of force by villagers outside private park

Dozens of villagers formed a line yesterday to guard a rural leader's recreational park in Yuen Long where illegal structures were found - but they dispersed without any confrontation as lands officers moved in to deal with the problem.

Leung Fuk-yuen, one of two directors of a company running the park, denied staging the gathering of villagers.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Illegal park cleared as deadline looms

Rural strongman Leung Fuk-yuen has reluctantly demolished most of the structures he built on government land in a country park that he has illegally occupied for almost two decades, ahead of today's deadline.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Payouts not penalties for owners, kuk chief says

Rural patriarch Lau Wong-fat yesterday weighed into the row over some villagers' illegal occupation of rural government land, saying that instead of penalising such occupiers the government should pay compensation to owners whose land has been zoned into country parks.

He said such zoning froze the development potential of the land.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Park use tolerated by agency for years'

The rural strongman who has unlawfully used almost 5,000 square metres of government land in Yuen Long as a commercial park for almost two decades says he did it for the public good.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Officials failing to tackle illegal land occupation

The Audit Commission has slammed the Lands Department for dragging its heels and allowing a rural strongman to unlawfully occupy a swathe of government land where a business has been run for 18 years.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Quiet start to building crackdown

The government started its crackdown against illegal building work in the New Territories yesterday, but there were no officials to be seen in villages rumoured to be on the list.

The Buildings Department is to send removal orders to owners of village houses that seriously breach the standard three-storey format.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Firefly prompts new study for Yuen Long developers

The developers of a housing project at an ecologically sensitive Yuen Long wetland are broadening their environmental impact study, to assess the impacts of a vehicle bridge and verify the presence of a firefly species new to science.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Testing times

Many long-established village areas in the New Territories still have their shu sut, or study halls. These were much more than early village schools.

A significant agricultural surplus was essential to support a study hall; subsistence-level hamlets in Sai Kung or Lantau were unable to devote scarce resources to education.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Felled tree put to good use with Pui Pui tribute

A sculpture of Hong Kong's celebrity crocodile Pui Pui stands proud at the entrance to her home in the Wetland Park in Tin Shui Wai - the product of a 30-year-old felled tree.

Created in the likeness of the city's star croc, it took veteran artisan Ching Tat-man 12 days to craft.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Illegal building crackdown 'will not be derailed'

A planned crackdown on illegal structures at village homes in the New Territories beginning in April will not be derailed by the impending change of government, the development minister said.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Land near rail lines sought for flats

The government will look for more sites next to railway lines to boost land supply, according to the secretary for development.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am