Date
28 July 2017
The rooftop of Wang Cheung Industry Building in Tuen Mun has been transformed into "sky farms" (inset). Photos: HKEJ, Ming Pao
The rooftop of Wang Cheung Industry Building in Tuen Mun has been transformed into "sky farms" (inset). Photos: HKEJ, Ming Pao

Govt probes ‘sky farms’ on Tuen Mun rooftop

The buyer of the rooftop of an industrial building in Tuen Mun may have violated the title deed of the property after transforming it into “sky farms” for sale, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

Andrew Lam Siu-lo, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, originally owned the rooftop of the 
Wang Cheung Industry Building,
 the newspaper said.

The buyer, who has yet to become the owner of the property until August, has subdivided the area into 20 small farms with the intention of selling them for HK$190,000 to HK$310,000 each.

Each of the subdivided plot measures 420 to 765 square feet and is partitioned by a foot-high cement wall with metal bars.

The Lands Department said anyone who sets up a farm on the rooftop of an industrial building is violating the title deed of the property.

Lam said he had sold the property to a buyer, who subsequently redeveloped it into subdivided farms.

According to the Land Registry and the Company Registry, Lam and his family bought the rooftop along with the 14th floor of Wang Cheung Industry Building for HK$18.5 million in 2012.

They sold it for HK$20.1 million at the end of 2014, a transaction that will be completed in August.

Meanwhile, a Ming Pao reporter found that the whole 14th floor, which is still owned by Lam, has also been subdivided into 34 areas.

A spokesman for the Fire Services Department said an inspection found unauthorized rebuilding and additional development going on in the property, and the case had been referred to the Buildings Department.

The Buildings Department said it is following up on the case.

Translation by Charis Heung

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