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By Paul Zimmerman Few people took note of paragraph 120 of the 2016 Policy Address or understood the relevance for the design of Hong Kong’s urban environment. The Chief Secretary succeeded including a pilot scheme waiving the land premiums for lease modifications to encourage landowners to construct footbridges and subways. Land premiums have for long been an obstacle in improving pedestrian connectivity. If not for the extortionate demand for the […]

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South China Morning Post, by Howard Winn Our piece on the plan for a boutique hotel at 27 Lugard Road has attracted some attention and it is such an absurd decision that it is worth dwelling on it further. The Alliance for a Beautiful Hong Kong (ABHK) has done sterling work on this, though it has so far proved to be in vain. In its recent defence of its decision […]

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South China Morning Post The Alliance for a Beautiful Hong Kong has launched a global petition against the Town Planning Board’s decision to allow a 97-year-old house in Lugard Road on The Peak to be converted into a hotel. The move would cause traffic and sewage problems, and it imperilled the building’s preservation, it said. (This is for reference only.)

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South China Morning Post When I wrote to these columns about a ridiculous application in front of the Town Planning Board for a hotel at 27 Lugard Road on The Peak (“Lugard Road hotel plan defies belief ”, August 23), I thought it was a joke. Despite 152 comments from the public condemning this proposal (and only six supporting), the application for the hotel passed; no danger of Hong Kong […]

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By Howard Winn Anyone who has walked along the picturesque Lugard Road around Victoria Peak will know that this is one of the more tranquil areas of Hong Kong. It is true that rich people live there but the road is open for all to enjoy and it forms part of the Hong Kong trail. It attracts hikers and tourists, who, at least for the few months of the year […]

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On my desk is a farcical town planning application for construction of a boutique hotel on Lugard Road at The Peak. Is there a law to prevent people wasting the government’s money to review these absurd applications? An occupancy for 42 guests and 10 employees is projected and, according to the submitted application, this will generate 20,000 litres of effluent daily. The proposed septic tank for the development is seven […]

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The Standard The owner of a Grade II historical building at The Peak plans to convert it into a 17-room boutique hotel, and has already submitted two applications to the Town Planning Board. But approval may be a while coming, with environment group Alliance for a Beautiful Hong Kong and a former tenant among 151 respondents registering strong protests. The main bone of contention is a proposed septic tank to […]

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From South China Morning Post Lugard Road at The Peak is a popular walking path, notable for its views and tranquillity. The new landlord of 27 Lugard Road, a grade II historic building completed in 1916, has applied to develop this almost 100-year-old family residency into a boutique hotel. The 900-metre footpath leading to the house is on average only 1.9 metres wide. It cannot support the extra motorised traffic […]

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