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Another enclave under threat, another Government official involved

2015/5/7 — 11:07

An ambitious scheme of 26 village houses is proposed in front of the historic Hakka village of Uk Tau, an enclave deep down in the Sai Kung Country Park. Right on the heels of a development proposal for the Tai Long Wan enclave by an official of the AFCD, it appears that again a Government official is involved – in this case a former Chief Architect.

That something was up became apparent in 2013, when this area was fenced off and subject to unauthorised road building and tree felling. The area was trashed on the pretext of setting up a plant nursery (“Bishi Mizuiki Gardening”). This nursery never functioned as such and was, merely, an excuse to establish non-conservation uses just before the draft Development Permission Area plan for the area was published. And to systematically destroy the ecological value of this wetland in preparation of today’s planning applications for the construction of village houses.

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The set of applications by 26 individual villagers received by the Town Planning Board appears meticulously well-coordinated. The land registry shows that most of the sites were bought by Hanton Limited for around HK$2million each between 2006 and 2008. These lots were partially or in whole sold to the individual applicants – the members of the LAI and FONG families who made the applications - all on the same day, 21 August 2009. But only a partial payment (PT) was made of about 10% of the amount Hanton paid for each. All the transactions were handled through Landspace Finance Ltd (previously known as Giant Step Limited). As the villagers who applied do not live in Uk Tau, and most not even in Hong Kong, it appears that the developer acquired control with power of attorney instruments over the land and the “ding” rights – rights of villagers to apply for small houses.

 

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“Well-coordinated” applications for 26 village houses in 2015 on land controlled by Hanton Limited.

“Well-coordinated” applications for 26 village houses in 2015 on land controlled by Hanton Limited.

The company registrar shows that Terry Hung Shin Yin and Paul Yiu Yuen On are the directors of Hanton Limited. Paul was the Government’s Chief Architect. Both are and have together been involved in other schemes on village and agricultural land, such as columbaria on Lantau 1 and a spa resort at Sai Kung.

Fake farming, site formation, unauthorized road building and tree felling in 2013 on land controlled by Hanton Limited and now subject planning applications for house developments.

Will the Town Planning Board again ignore the obvious and blatant abuse of the Small House Policy? Will they stick to their position, claiming that as long as the land is formally owned by the villager at the time he applies to the Lands Department (after Town Planning Board approval is secured), it is assumed that the villager builds a house for himself in accordance with the law?

Shall we all play stupid, and let the country parks be destroyed in the same manner as can be seen throughout the New Territories?

Click here to object to these Town Planning Board applications!

Notes

  1. Columbarium at Mong Tung Wan, Lantau, application Y/SLC/5
  2. Xuma Beach Resort and Spa, Sai Kung

 

 


 

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