Development Consultancy – TOWNLAND offers Clients a wide range of award winning site planning and development services to add value to portfolios and to assist the implementation of development proposals. TOWNLAND is recognised for its practical advice to Clients on development risks and opportunities based on a thorough understanding of planning regulations and the Planning Authorities’ planning practices and procedures. We pride ourselves on innovative strategies and proactive Government liaison to secure planning approvals in complex situations. With a core team based in Hong Kong since 1985, we have an unmatched success record in statutory planning applications. Our Client interests are always foremost.
TOWNLAND has also been instrumental in effecting changes to the planning framework and planning mechanisms both through advocacy for the Private Sector and through direct employment by the Governments concerned. TOWNLAND’s work has influenced the statutory framework for industrial restructuring and office decentralisation in Hong Kong, pedestrian planning guidelines, a new form of Senior Citizen Housing for the Hong Kong Housing Society, and new planning provisions for sports facilities in Hong Kong.
Expert Witness – TOWNLAND works hand-in-hand with legal teams to ensure that Clients rights are protected. Ms Keren Seddon and Ms Cindy Tsang, in particular, are well sought-after Expert Witnesses due to their focussed background in development consultancy and familiarity with S17B Planning Appeals, Building Appeals, Judicial Reviews, Compulsory Sale Agreements and even Liquor Licensing Applications/Appeals.
Visual Impact Assessment – Throughout the years, TOWNLAND has successfully completed various Visual Impact Assessments and Visual Assessments in support of Planning Applications for development of different types and scales i.e. from a single building block to large scale public housing estates. We are fully familiar with the requirements of the TPB Guidelines No. 41 Guidelines on Submissions of VIA for Planning Applications to the TPB. TOWNLAND is well adept at advising how the building design can best fit in with the visual context and be compatible with the surrounding environment. Some of our VIA/ VA projects include the following:
Site Search and Feasibility Studies
Development Appraisals & Development Strategies
Planning Applications, Planning Reviews and Planning Appeals
Discharge of Planning Conditions
Visual Impact Assessments
Interface with Building and Land Matters