Review of the Methodist High Property Review
The Hong Kong Christian Methodist Church (hereinafter referred to as the Church) is dissatisfied with the high degree of construction of its buildings in Yau Ma Tei and Wan Chai. In 2011, it entered the High Court and submitted a judicial review to the Town Planning Board. The case was opened yesterday. In the opening remarks, the church criticized the Town Planning Board for different criteria for restricting the height of the building. It also considered that the impact of the property involved on the air quality of the community was in line with the standard. The Town Planning Board had no reason to be the height of the parish property. Set limits. ?
Criticizing the standards of the Town Planning Board
The plaintiff, the Christian Methodist Church, was accused of the Town Planning Board. The property involved included the Yau Ma Tei Church, the Kowloon Tong Church, the Gardner Road and the Primary and Secondary Schools at Wylie Road; the Wan Chai International Chapel and the Hennessy Road. The building, as well as the hotel next to Wei Lanxuan.
The church has criticized that the city regulations have different height restrictions on private properties than “government, agency or community” properties. Even if they are non-commercial properties, the standards are inconsistent. Take the Kwong Wah Hospital, which is also located in Yau Ma Tei, as an example. The upper level will be approved for approval, but the plaintiff’s application for relaxing the height of the property was rejected and it was unfair.
For the TPB to restrict the height of the property on the grounds of blocking ventilation, the church side stressed that there was no ventilation or traffic problem after the property was assessed by experts. It was considered that the TPB did not approve the relaxation of the height limit. The church discussed and explained the adverse effects on the district planning, and did not consider the community service facilities provided by the church. It can fill the government’s shortcomings and the practice is unreasonable.
The church also added that the existing building space is very tight. It is considered that the Town Planning Board will take into account the future development trend in addition to the current situation of the property. The hearing continues today.