A stone house on a future railway depot site has been stripped of its historic building status, sparking fears that the MTR Corp will demolish it. The house in Diamond Hill's Tai Hom village, which was once home to late film actor Roy Chiao, was assessed as a grade 3 historic building in 2001. But it was not on the updated list of 1,440 graded heritage buildings which the government published last week. According to a Legislative Council paper prepared by the Transport and Housing Bureau, the bureau and the railway company are reviewing the design of the Sha Tin-Central Link depot. 'We are still investigating how these built heritages may integrate with the future development above the depot and nearby,' it said, noting that the stone house had been removed from the list. The granite house was built by a banker in the 1940s and was one of the houses in the village where many prominent film stars and businessmen lived. Also on the site are two other graded historic buildings without statutory protection. A former Royal Air Force hangar was able to keep its grade 3 status, but an old pillbox, used as an air-raid shelter for aircrew during the Japanese occupation, was downgraded from grade 2 to 3. Peter Li Siu-man of the Conservancy Association said the removal of the stone house from the heritage list was 'outrageous' and urged the Antiquities and Monuments Office (AMO) to give reasons. 'The stone house may not be a good architectural piece, but it has a lot of stories behind it,' he said. A spokeswoman for the MTR Corporation said no decision had been made as to how to deal with the historic buildings, but it would continue designing a 'semi-depressed' depot, which the government said would be 1.5 metres to 6 metres above ground. The AMO was unable to explain its reasons for the removal of the buildings from the heritage list yesterday.