The buyer of a house in Palm Springs, Yuen Long, who found the garden was 222 square feet smaller than it should, have been settled a court battle with the developers yesterday. Company Fortune Queen International wanted to pull out of the deal because the garden was not big enough to accommodate a fish pond which Roger Lau, a director, wanted to put in. A Court of First Instance judge was told that the developers, Splendid Kent, a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai, had offered cash compensation. But this was not acceptable to the purchaser. The court battle over how the matter should be resolved was halted yesterday following talks between the two sides. Deputy Judge Gareth Lugar-Mawson approved the confidential settlement. Alan Leong, for the purchasers, said the company bought the house in Camilia Path for $7.25 million in 1994. Under the contract, the garden was to measure 675 square feet. But once the sale had gone through, the buyers found the garden to be 222.5 square feet too small. A terrace was partly blamed by the developers for the discrepancy.