Hearing for residents who object

PENANG: The Penang Municipal Coun-cil will hold a hearing if residents object to any proposed development project on adjoining lots. 

Council infrastructure and traffic committee alternate chairman Tan Yok Cheng said the council would seek feedback from owners of neighbouring pro-perty lots before approving such projects. 

“If we find the objections genuine we will hold a hearing and look further into the matter,” Tan said. 

He was commenting on The Star’s report that residents in Gurney Drive and Kelawei Road were against the RM650mil project coming up at the site of the former Penang International School (Uplands). 

He said residents who were against the project should speak up. 

As the project will be in a densely po-pulated area the developer would probably be required to include a tra-ffic study when submitting building plans to the council, Tan said. 

Hunza Properties (Penang) Sdn Bhd is planning to build two 43-storey service apartment towers and a 37-storey business tower as well as other lower commercial buildings on the 4.1ha freehold land. 

The land, which was leased to Uplands School,was acquired for RM97.86mil from the Christian Bro-thers School in December 2004.  

The project has raised concerns that traffic congestion in the area would be-come worse especially along Gurney Drive which is usually very congested on weekends. 

Residents also fear that their property would depreciate should traffic jams get worse when the project is completed. 

They also question the need for yet another high-rise housing and business project in the area when there are alrea-dy many such buildings in the area.  

Affected by the project would be con-do residents or owners of Regency, Gur-ney Park, Arcadia and Desa Mas. 

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