Residents of Tanjung Bungah have launched an online petition against a Boon Siew Group project that will see two 50-storey buildings, one 49-storey building and one 34-storey building sprouting in the area.
The online petition, launched on 4 April 2015, has so far drawn about 600 signatures. The petition can be found here. Over a thousand other residents had already signed a manual signature petition.
The project is located on a 19.08 acre plot of land, located between Jalan Sungai Kelian and Jalan Loh Poh Heng, Hillside.
The residents claim the project will have an effective density of 49 units per acre whereas the Penang Structure Plan 2007 only allows 15 units per acre for the area. A lawyer at the affected residents’ press conference on 4 April said MBPP policies and guidelines cannot override the text in the Structure Plan, which was gazetted. The text should also take precedence over the rough sketch in the Plan which was surreptitiously amended to show Tanjung Bungah as a primary corridor with a higher density, said the lawyer.
But even if the area is considered a primary corridor, the maximum density allowed under the Structure Plan is 30 units per acre. The “60 per cent affordable housing” cannot be added to this maximum density, said the lawyer. Instead, any “affordable housing” should be included in the maximum density allowed.
Moreover, strata title holders in the adjacent Desa Embun Emas apartment complex did not receive individual notices informing them that they could object to the project.
A similar online petition against a high-rise project in Batu Ferringhi has so far drawn over 1200 signatures.