The government is prepared to sell a slope area of about 4,000 square metres to Hopewell Holdings next year for its controversial Mega Tower project despite strong public opposition. But Hopewell would have to conduct a traffic impact assessment to see how traffic in the Kennedy Road area would be affected until 2014. The property developer is expected to pay a land premium for the site in Kennedy Road. The slope comprises part of the 10,313 square-metre site, eyed by the developer as the location of a high-rise hotel tower. Hopewell's plan to build a 93-storey hotel building was approved by the Town Planning Board in 1994. The Development Bureau said last month that the developer would revise the design in response to public concerns. At a meeting between the government and Democratic Party representatives, Permanent Secretary for Development Raymond Young Lap-moon said the slope area could be granted to Hopewell because it had no potential for development if it stood on its own. A successful deal would be completed next year after the gazetting process for the Kennedy Road realignment was completed. Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan said the government had no obligation to sell the land to Hopewell. 'Although a plan submitted to Hopewell was approved, it does not mean that the government has to help the company complete its land acquisition. 'The plan to erect such a tall building in Kennedy Road was endorsed in 1994. By then the public concern on wall-like towers was not as strong and the development in Kennedy Road was not as crowded.' The Democratic Party is set to voice its discontent to the Executive Council. Central and Western district councillor Kam Nai-wai said the government should carry out its own traffic impact assessment to enhance objectivity. A Development Bureau spokeswoman said Hopewell applied to the government for land exchange for the slope area in 2004 after acquiring the remaining private land of the site. A Hopewell Holdings spokeswoman said negotiations were in process and no details could be revealed.