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反對發展商在蘇豪建25層高酒店
請於8月27日前向城規會遞交反對意見書

信和置業正計劃於中環士丹頓街20-26號興建一座25層高的酒店,並就發展計劃向 城市規劃委員會作出更改土地用途的申請。有關申請的詳情請看:http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/tc/plan_application/A_H3_394.html

這是信和置業繼2007年及2009年向城規會申請將上址改劃為多層商業樓宇及酒店被駁回後的再度嘗試。城規會曾根據以下理由否決其申請,這些理由到今天仍然適用:

  • 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

我們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。而整個中環、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。

為了保護中環蘇豪區的景觀及居住環境,我們呼籲各位居民於2010年8月27日前向城規會遞交意見書,反對信和置業的酒店興建計劃。

人民規劃行動
中西區關注組 敬啟
聯絡人:王浩賢 96734989

 

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OBJECT TO A HIGH-RISE HOTEL IN SOHO
MAKE AN OBJECTION TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD BY 27 AUGUST 2010

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 25-storey hotel. The details of this rezoning application please go to: http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_H3_394.html

This application follows similar Sino Land applications in 2007 and 2009 to build a high-rise commercial building/hotel on the same site. The Town Planning Board rejected both applications 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 are 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.

We believe 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. Objection comments should be sent to the Town Planning Board by 11-30pm on 27/8/2010.

People Planning in Action, &
Central & Western Concern Group
Contact Person: Wong Ho Yin Icarus, 96734989

 

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