A victory for conservationists

December 11th, 2010 atam Posted in Earth, Heritage | No Comments »

Perhaps, instead of lying down in protest at Henderson Land’s plans to build a playground for the rich in Nam Sang Wai, conservations should toast a rare victory at the wetland area instead this Sunday – and confer on how to deal with the developer’s next step as well.

The Town Planning Board has rejected Henderson’s application to grant it a three-year extension for the proposed development in Nam Sang Wai, a wetland area close to the Mai Po nature reserve.

The developer was granted rights to build 2,500 luxury homes and a nine-hole golf course on nearly 140 hectares of land there 14 years ago. According to a Planning Department official, the developer’s latest development plan is vastly different from the blueprint that was originally approved and the developer had been warned that the third extension would be the last one.

Would the developer appeal the decision? How would such an appeal be viewed by the board? Conservationists had better remain on standby.

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