Sungai Ara residents will have to wait a bit longer. The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision in a crucial case which is likely to set the tone for any similar future residential projects on hill land.
In 2012, the Penang Island City Council had given planning permission for the Sunway Hills project on a site higher than 76m above sea level on slopes with a gradient more than 25 degrees. This is one of those “special projects”.
The residents took up the matter with the Appeals Board, which set aside the planning permission given to the Sunway City.
Sunway then filed for a judicial review at the High Court, which decided in favour of the developer.
The residents then filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal, which will now take a little while more to deliver a verdict that will be closely watched.