The Desa Embun Emas condominium residents council has submitted a signature petition bearing 1825 signatures to the Penang Chief Minister’s office.
They are protesting against a high density project that would see the construction of two 50-storey towers, one 49-storey tower, a low-medium-cost 34-storey tower and 21 houses, totalling 914 homes (not including a parcel of land for future development) in front of the Desa Embun condos. This exceeds the maximum density allowed under the Penang Structure Plan, a lawyer advising the residents said.
The project site, to be developed by Taman Sri Bunga Sdn Bhd (part of the Boon Siew Group), covers an area between Jalan Sungai Kelian and Jalan Loh Poh Heng in Tanjung Bungah.
The residents told the Penang Chief Minister in a letter dated 13 April 2015:
“There are 1,056 signatures in the hard copies of the petition (please see the original forms attached) while 769 persons signed on line (as of 9 pm 12 April 2015) making a total of 1825 signatures. The online petition by Desa Embun Emaswas launched on 4 April 2015 and within a week, hundreds have signed up with various comments supporting our concerns and issues.”
Since then, another 53 hard copy signatures have been collected while (hard copy) and while the online petition campaign has reached 908 signatures. That would mean more than 2000 signatures have been collected.
Penang Island City Council mayor Patahiyah Ismail has reportedly said the developer would revise the building plans in response to the concerns of the residents in Tanjung Bungah. The number of storeys would be reduced, and fresh building plans resubmitted.
But one residents spokesperson told me she did not believe that the density of the project would be significantly reduced.
The residents estimate an additional 2000 cars moving around the vicinity following the project.
To alleviate congestion on the approach roads in this quiet neighbourhood, a council engineer reportedly said that these roads would be turned into four lanes.
I am not sure turning roads in a quiet neighbourhood into four-lane roads is such a fantastic idea!
So what has happened to the Local Plan? And the maximum density under the Penang Structure Plan?