An internal government review has concluded that the Central reclamation satisfies the three tests laid down in a High Court judgment on the need for such projects. A spokesman for the Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau yesterday said the review had found there was a compelling, overriding and present need for the project, that there was no viable alternative and that it would cause minimum impairment to the harbour. The tests were laid down by the High Court in July in a case brought by the Society for the Protection of the Harbour over the Wan Chai reclamation. The project was halted after the court held that it failed the judgment's three tests. But the Town Planning Board is appealing against the ruling, and a Court of Final Appeal hearing is scheduled for next week. The ruling does not cover the adjoining Central reclamation, but the government - under public pressure - also decided to halt work on that project. Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung said yesterday that although the internal review justified the urgency and necessity to press ahead with the Central reclamation, work would not resume until the appeal hearing.