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Town Planning Board to appeal judgement on Wan Chai plan


After careful consideration of the High Court's judgement on the Draft Wan Chai North Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) at its meeting yesterday (July 18), the Town Planning Board unanimously agreed to lodge an appeal against the judgement.

The Board recognises that the Harbour is a special public asset and part of the natural heritage of Hong Kong and that it has a duty to protect and preserve the Harbour. The Board also recognises the public's wish to protect and preserve the Harbour and it is based on this public aspiration that the Board has formulated its vision: to make the Harbour attractive, vibrant, accessible and symbolic of Hong Kong -- a harbour for the people and a harbour of life.

Although the Board has decided not to pursue the Harbour Park proposal, it is concerned that the highly restrictive interpretation of the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance could have far-reaching implications on future planning and development of the harbourfront areas in Wan Chai and other areas in the Harbour. As a result, Hong Kong people might lose the opportunity to have a world-class harbourfront, including well-designed promenades.

For these reasons, the Town Planning Board has decided that it should seek a clarification from the Appellate Court of the legal principles behind the Ordinance.

End/Saturday, July 19, 2003


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