Developers have lodged an appeal against a decision to protect parts of one of the SAR's most ecologically important areas. Sha Lo Tung Development Company is one of 10 objectors to the Government's environment protection plans in the Sha Lo Tung Valley, north of Tai Po. The Agriculture and Fisheries Department has classified the streams within the valley as areas with high ecological importance. Keith Wilson, department senior fisheries officer, said the appeal would be heard by the Town Planning Board on November 20. 'We have said certain parts of the valley are zones of special scientific interest and Sha Lo Tung Development wants to relax the restrictions to facilitate development. 'We will put forward the same arguments as before that all the stream watercourses in the valley are important in terms of bio-diversity and should be protected.' A spokesman for Sha Lo Tung Development Company said the firm had lodged the appeal because it had been denied access to the sites classed as having special environmental importance. 'The company will offer to work with conservation groups to develop a long term plan to manage the designated sites of special scientific interest,' the spokesman said. 'It will introduce strict water quality controls and restricted stream access.' Cheung Uk and Lei Uk villagers have struck a deal with the company to turn 59.4 hectares into hundreds of luxury apartments and village houses.