Nam Sang Wai, in Deep Bay wetland, has become another battleground between conservation and development plans. Henderson Land had aimed to build luxury housing, golf course etc; there were counter arguments, but importantly, too, Henderson has dithered over development. Delay led to Henderson losing permission to develop area, granted in 1994.
This just in from Lands Department:
Dear Sir/ Madam:
Thank you for your email cconcerning the captioned subject.
The subject development relates to a planning application submitted to the Town Planning Board (the Board) in 1992 for golf course and residential development at Nam Sang Wai, and a nature reserve at Lut Chau (Planning Application No. A/DPA/YL-NSW/12). The application was rejected by the Rural and New Town Planning Committee (RNTPC) of the Board and the Board in 1992 and 1993 respectively. It was subsequently allowed with conditions by the Town Planning Appeal Board (TPAB) in 1994, and the TPAB’s decision was upheld by the Privy Council in 1996. There were a total of 27 conditions attached to the planning permission, including but not limited to the submission of environmental assessment reports and habitat creation/management plan. The planning permission was valid until 18.12.2010.
On 29.10.2010, the applicant submitted an application for further extension of time for commencement for 3 years until 18.12.2013 (No. A/DPA/YL-NSW/12-2). On 10.12.2010, the RNTPC considered all relevant planning considerations and decided to reject the application for extension of time. The applicant can apply for a review of the decision within 21 days from the date of formal notification of the decision issued by the Board's Secretariat.
Since the applicant could not commence the subject development during the planning permission period, the planning permission ceased to have effect after 18.12.2010.
Thank you for your comments.
Ms. M F LIU
(for District Planning Officer/ Tuen Mun and Yuen Long, Planning Department)
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