The prevailing view of planners - that Queen's Pier should be rebuilt on its original site - has forced the Institute of Planners into a second about-turn on the issue. The institute, which originally backed in-situ preservation then supported reassembling the demolished building on the new waterfront, has issued a new position paper calling for it to be rebuilt on the original site, soon to be landlocked. In the new paper, the institute also calls for an open competition to invite innovative designs that would provide better links between the existing core business areas in Central and the new waterfront, to be formed by the Central reclamation. It says a large pool with man-made waterways should be built to recreate the old shoreline. The latest development follows a row in May in which some members complained the institute had rushed to the conclusion that the majority views of members supported moving the pier to the new waterfront. They said the position paper submitted to the government in May had been based only on the views of about 15 members who attended a meeting arranged by the institute's public affairs committee. Under members' pressure, a survey was conducted last month seeking all members' views on the pier issue. The results showed 89 of about 500 members replied to the survey, with 64 per cent saying the pier should be rebuilt on the original site. 'The main reason is that the relationship of the pier, City Hall and Edinburgh Place is indispensable,' the institute's vice-president, Kim Chan Kim-on, said. 'The cluster tells our history and culture.' Under the government's design, a small pool would be placed in front of the landlocked pier at its original location. But planners said the 'visual and historic corridor' from Chater Garden to City Hall and the pier should be strengthened, and a shallow pool would not do much to improve the landscape and environment. Mr Chan said: 'Water can be used as a theme to bring out the history and character of the place. The pool should be a large one, and man-made rivers could be used to link up the pier and the new waterfront.' Instead of paving the promenade with concrete, the planners advised the government to present the old coastline to the public with innovative designs. 'The coastline would be a visual history book to many of us,' Mr Chan said. The institute also called for an open design competition for the area stretching from Statue Square to the new waterfront, where four commercial and office buildings linked with a landscaped deck are proposed. In the consultation document, the public is asked to choose between a larger landscaped deck and a smaller one with public space at street level. But Mr Chan said little attention was given to ways of connecting the existing business district to the newly reclaimed area.