The Urban Renewal Authority is considering allowing residents in old districts to initiate redevelopment plans to help minimise tensions. Sources said a 'demand-driven, bottom-up' development model could reduce conflicts between the authority and those affected by redevelopment projects. 'At present, our strategy is very much top-down, as we tell residents we redevelop their homes for their own good,' an authority source said. 'And this sometimes will create conflicts and arguments. Our goal is to improve the quality and standard of living of people in the old districts. So why don't we work on areas people really want us to redevelop?' The authority has found itself in hot water over plans to redevelop areas such as Lee Tung Street (Wedding Card Street) in Wan Chai, Fa Yuen Street (Sneaker Street) in Mong Kok, and Peel and Graham streets in Central. Residents or shop owners have staged repeated protests. Some have taken their cases to the Town Planning Board and the Ombudsman in a bid to overturn the projects. The source said all the authority's existing projects had to be continued because they were among the 25 schemes announced long ago by the now-defunct land development corporation. 'We could face lawsuits if we did not carry out these plans, as residents affected have reasonable expectations of redevelopment,' the source said. Under the new model, residents could team up and draft a plan for consideration. 'We want to work together with the residents.' The source said a challenge would be to ensure proposals were those of the residents. NGOs and community groups would play key roles in organising residents and shop owners to come up with ideas. 'It is important for us to make sure the proposals are from residents and shop owners but not property developers or agents.' Another authority source said the government-proposed mandatory building inspection scheme, which targets all buildings more than 30 years old, would provide the authority with a benchmark to identify buildings in need of redevelopment. Wan Chai District Council chairwoman Ada Wong Ying-kay said it would be difficult to implement the plan. 'You cannot just leave this job to residents; the authority has to come up with a plan, but listen to people and what they want.'