THE Building Department approved 57 plans in January, of which 37 are located on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and 14 in the New Territories. The approved plans include 20 residential and residential-commercial developments, 27 commercial developments, two industrial projects and one industrial-office project. Most of the plans relate to single-block developments and many residential-related projects are developments in urban areas. There are six low-density residential projects, including Cheuk Nang Properties' development of three-storey blocks at Severn Road, and Linfield's development of five-storey blocks at 51 Plantation Road. Chinachem Group has received approval for the construction of a transport terminus under the proposed Nina Tower project in Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan. One of the biggest commercial developments approved in January was the redevelopment of Man Yee Building, at 60-68 Des Voeux Road Central, which will be reborn as a 36-storey commercial tower. Another larger project is the construction of a 48-storey commercial block at 1-5 Chung On Terrace and 14 Fortress Hill Road by Little Jewel. Hang Seng Bank has secured approval to build a 25-storey commercial block as a redevelopment at 28-36 Yee Wo Street. Cheung Kong (Holdings) plans to build a 30-storey commercial property at 661-665 King's Road. Swire Properties received the go ahead to develop a 27-storey commercial block on two basements at 625 King's Road. Yu Tai Hing Co will build a 27-storey commercial block at 10-14 North Point Road and a 28-storey block at 93-97 Des Voeux Road West. The two industrial projects are Concord Properties' plan to build a 25-storey block at Hoi Yu Street, and Fortune Top Properties' development of a 22-storey block at 630 Lai Chi Kok Road. The only industrial-office project is Gold Conford's development of a 31-storey property at 12 Cheung Yue Street. In January, the Building Department gave consent for work to start on 40 building projects, which involve 641,975 square feet of domestic floor area and 992,707 sq ft of non-domestic floor area. The declared cost of new buildings completed in the month totalled about $2.33 billion. Of those buildings certified for occupation in January, usable floor areas for domestic and non-domestic uses was 651,890 sq ft and 1.53 million sq ft, respectively. The Building Department issued 27 occupation permits - eight for Hong Kong Island, eight for Kowloon and 11 for the New Territories. In addition, seven demolition consents involving 18 buildings were issued.