The government has been urged to scrap the single-developer approach for the West Kowloon Cultural District by a Legislative Council subcommittee, which will make a decision on the proposed giant canopy after further investigations. In its first report published yesterday, the subcommittee on the cultural district puts forward six recommendations on the way forward for the arts hub projects, including abandoning the single-developer approach. It says there are no valid grounds for adopting such an approach to the project, which was advanced by the government as making the best use of public and private resources. 'These objectives could similarly be achieved by a multi-package approach,' the report says. 'The subcommittee considers that even if the canopy is desirable, the single-package approach is not required. 'The administration should abandon the single-package approach, which lacks public support.' It calls on the government to examine the feasibility of other development strategies, such as multi-package and incremental implementation, which it says will encourage competition. The government has been criticised for insisting on its plan to grant the entire project to a single developer for 30 years. Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen last month gave strong signals that the single-bidder idea would be scrapped, but has stood firm on the canopy design. Subcommittee chairman Alan Leong Kah-kit, a legislator from the Article 45 Concern Group, said he did not see why the cultural hub needed to be completed in one go. 'It can be done in stages,' he said. The report also says there should be structured and extensive consultation with the public to map out the priority of needs in the cultural district project. Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, a subcommittee member and a lawmaker for the Article 45 Concern Group, asked: 'Why has the project been stalled? Why has it been heavily criticised? It is because the government did not uphold due process.' The subcommittee report says the Executive Council, which was said to have been bypassed in the policymaking process, should be duly consulted and updated on the project. Legco should also receive more comprehensive information. An impartial overseeing authority should be set up to monitor the development of the arts hub. The report does not reach a conclusion on whether the giant canopy designed by Lord Foster is desirable and the subcommittee will make its position known when it releases its second-phase report by the end of the year. It was revealed in April that a government-appointed technical panel warned in 2001 that the canopy would bring problems. Maintenance would be too expensive and its construction would present an obstacle to breaking the project into smaller tenders. The confidential report said the panel had shortlisted 21 designs, but Lord Foster's was not among them.