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反對發展商在蘇豪建三十多層高酒店
請於2009年8月7日前向城規會遞交反對意見書

發展商信和置業已向城規會申請將其位於士丹頓街20-26號的發展改劃為興建33層高的酒店。

這是信和繼2007年向城規會申請將上址改劃為多層商業樓宇被駁回後的再度嘗試。2007年11月16日城規會不批准上述申請,理由是:

  • 發展與目前住宅(A) 規劃意向不乎
  • 建議發展規模及密度與本區不配合
  • 建議的車輛出入口及交通安排十分不妥
  • 若容許在住宅區加入大型商業發展將立下很壞的先例

這些反對點對今次的申請依然有效。

中西區關注組認為整個蘇豪是位於有160年歷史的香港舊城區內,而舊城區由上環東華三院及文武廟伸延至聖約翰座堂及「兵頭花園」,是擁有很多古蹟、低矮樓房及文化特色的歷史街區。申請地點鄰近將全面活化的中區警署古蹟群,故此有必要保持低密度環境。

整個中環、蘇豪及半山區已高度發展,交通擠塞嚴重,路窄車多,車位缺乏,嘈音問題,公共空間及綠化不足,屏風效應導致空氣污染,都是急切要解決的問題。

我們呼籲各位去信城規會反對是項發展申請,請於2009年8月7日晚上11時半前遞交,並註明編號 A/H3/390

電郵: tpbpd@pland.gov.hk
傳真: 2877 0245   或  2522 8426     
網上資料及遞交意見: http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/tc/plan_application/A_H3_390.html

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OBJECT TO A HIGH-RISE HOTEL IN SOHO
MAKE AN OBJECTION TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD BY 7 AUGUST 2009

Sino Land has applied to the Town Planning Board to rezone its property at 20-26 Staunton Street (about 50 metres from the Mid-levels Escalator) to allow the building of a 33-storey hotel.

This application follows a similar Sino Land application (Number A/H3/377) in 2007 to build a high-rise commercial building on the same site. The Town Planning Board rejected that application on 16 November 2007 for the following reasons:

  • the development was incompatible to the planning intention of the present Residential (A) zoning
  • the proposed bulk and intensity of the proposed building is inappropriate for the area
  • the proposed car run/in run/out into the building and traffic safety & operation arrangements were highly unsatisfactory
  • an undesirable precedent would be set for similar office/commercial developments to intrude into a residential neighbourhood

All these objections are still valid – and can be applied to the current application.

The Central & Western Concern Group argues that the entire SOHO area is within Hong Kong’s ‘Old City’ area dating back 160-years. Running from Tung Wah Hospital and Man Mo Temple to St John’s Cathedral and the Botanical Gardens, the area has a unique residential and entertainment ambience containing many heritage sites. Importantly, the Central Police Station Complex is about 100 metres from this application site and any future building developments near to this soon-to-be-renovated heritage site must be compatible and low-rise.

The Central, SOHO and Mid-levels areas are already highly built-up and suffer from chronic traffic intensity, lack of car parking and access problems, narrow footpaths, noise, lack of open space and green areas; and, trapped ground-level air pollution due to the ‘wall effect’ of high-rise buildings.

We hope you can write to the Town Planning Board to OBJECT to this rezoning application by 7 August 2009. The details are:

Objection comments should be sent to the Town Planning Board before 11:30pm on 7/8/2009, quoting application A/H3/390.
Email: tpbpd@pland.gov.hk
Fax: 2877 0245 or 2522 8426
Site location map at: http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_H3_390.html

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