Property developers have backed a review of policies concerning public access to open space under private management, the secretary for development said yesterday. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told the Legislative Council's development panel she had received a letter from the Real Estate Developers' Association requesting a review of the issue. The panel will organise a public forum involving stakeholders and interested groups. Mrs Lam said the Secretary for Justice, Wong Yan-lung, was looking into the case of Times Square, which had rented out the ground-floor piazza to Starbucks and other companies for exhibitions and promotions. 'In the case of Times Square, we are yet to confirm if they breached the deed of dedication,' she said. 'The government is in contact with Times Square on how to interpret the relevant provision about charging fees.' Mrs Lam pledged a review earlier this month after a soaring number of complaints about the 'privatisation' of open spaces. There have been complaints that some public open spaces in private residential and commercial developments are difficult to access. Legislators urged the government to step up efforts to remind flat buyers to be aware of whether public open space or facilities in the development are included. Democratic Party chairman and lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan said some flat owners were ignorant of the fact that they had to maintain the public facilities because the information in the sales brochures was not prominent. A park or podium added to the appeal of a residence, but no one should assume it was not open to the public, he said. But the sentence referring to the park as public open space was often in small print at the back of the sales brochure. Mrs Lam said the government was keen that this information be made clear to potential buyers. She said the bureau had recommended the Transport and Housing Bureau - which was responsible for the issue - consult relevant parties such as the developers' association and the Consumer Council to address the brochures' inadequacies. Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng will address the issue in the Legislative Council meeting today.