PLA dock rezoning plan leaves too may questions unanswered

The four structures on the Central waterfront promenade which will be handed over to the PLA to serve as its berth. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The government has left many questions unanswered in its insistence on rezoning the People's Liberation Army berth on the Central waterfront as a military site, a change from its previous status as public open space.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 5:27am

Veteran architect Patrick Lau calls for public input into PLA berth design

The 0.3 hectare dock area has been the subject of almost 10,000 planning submissions, opposing its rezoning. Photo: David Wong

His suggestion comes amid fears that the dream of a continuous promenade along the new waterfront created by reclamation in Central and Wan Chai will not be realised.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Fears over access to Central coastline

Nicholas Brooke, Harbourfront Commission chairman. Photo: Edward Wong

Harbourfront Commission members have expressed concern over public access to the new Central coastline which will be split by a military berth.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Town Planning Board no lapdog

Lee Wai Lee campus

When I listened to the Town Planning Board discussion on the rezoning of the site of the former Lee Wai Lee campus, on January 25, I found that despite many board members having great reservations about the rezoning from government, institution and community (GIC) to residential use, the decision by the chairman in the end was nevertheless to proceed with a public consultation, without seeking a vote by the members in attendance.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

Rezoning plan for PLA dock will limit access to harbourfront promenade

If rezoning is approved, public access to this site in front of the PLA will be limited. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A rezoning proposal for 150 metres of harbourfront land - issued by the government during the Lunar New Year holiday week - puts flesh on the bones of a deal struck by China and Britain in 1994 that the PLA should have a military berth next to its garrison headquarters.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am 5 comments

Methodist Church has abused its zoning to run a commercial hotel

I refer to the letter by the Reverend Canon G. Howard Mellor, of Methodist International Church (MIC) Wan Chai ('Flourishing church is desperate for more space to continue its work', May 8) in reply to my letter ('Church does not practise what it preaches with development plans', May 2).

Mr Mellor is being selective in the points he addresses.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Temporary zoning rules to protect historic Po Toi

The historically important Po Toi Island was abruptly slapped with interim zoning rules yesterday that would freeze unauthorised development, after hundreds of suspected underground urn niches were quietly built on the remote isle.

A critic of illegal columbariums urged the Lands Department to also step up enforcement against any development that violates land leases.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Court order puts block on Central zoning plan

Three key redevelopment projects in Central could be delayed after a developer won a court order yesterday that bars town planners from submitting a zoning plan for approval.

The court order would affect projects at the Central Market, the west wing of the Government Hill complex and the Murray Building.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

About-turn on stream zoning angers greens

The top town planner is opening the way for village house construction in an ecologically sensitive area as a 'political decision' to please powerful villagers, green groups say.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Find the will for a new village way

Leung Chun-ying and Henry Tang Ying-yen offered what looked like policy proposals in developing the New Territories when they met rural leaders on Saturday. But both men seemed more eager to please the powerful Heung Yee Kuk, which represents villagers' interests, than seriously address the real issues, which have to do with land rights and village houses.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Plan to protect defaced beach

A scenic beach site defaced by massive excavation last year will be better protected under a government proposal to designate the Tai Long Sai Wan enclave as a country park - a move welcomed by environmentalists but lamented by local villagers.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Property tycoons take on planners

The body that represents property developers has gone to court to challenge the Town Planning Board's building restrictions in four high-density areas, claiming that the authority has been acting unfairly.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

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.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The risky business of dream factories

If you want to buy office or industrial space and convert it into flats in Hong Kong, the price is about 30 per cent lower than for residential space - and there's no stamp duty.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Action on new work at sai wan beach site

The scenic Sai Kung beach site that was defaced by excavation last year is back in the sights of government enforcers - this time over suspected unauthorised drainage work.

The work is on land at Sai Wan owned by the chairman of a listed company who bought the property from villagers and was embroiled in the earlier row when he started digging to build a private lodge.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am