23 February 2019

Hutchison understated sewage impact in hotel plan, paper says

Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (00013.HK) understated the environmental impact of a planned conversion of part of a Hunghom residential tower into a hotel, Apple Daily reported Tuesday, citing its own investigation.

Hutchison subsidiary Hunghom Bay Commercial Investments Ltd. submitted documents to the Town Planning Board in which it estimated the amount of sewage from the proposed hotel based on a 14-member staff, without accounting for a single guest, the report said.

The amount of waste discharge was calculated at 1.44 liters per second during peak hours which compares with 1.5 liters for the building’s commercial users.

Also, the report questioned the use of T W Design Consultants Ltd., a unit of Hutchison and Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd. (00001.HK), to conduct the sewage assessment, saying it raised issues about conflict of interest.

Hutchison Whampoa has not responded to the news report.

In December, Hunghom Bay Commercial Investments applied to the Town Planning Board to convert the lower floors of Hunghom Bay Center into an 86-room hotel.

The premises, covering 371 square meters, had been rented out as office and commercial space. Hutchison stopped the conversion after strong protests from residents of the building.

A residents’ representative told the newspaper they are worried the developer might use questionable means to support its conversion plans.

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First posted: 11:18

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