On 17 May 2019, the Court of First Instance upheld the legality of the project involving the widening of a section of Castle Peak Road – Castle Peak Bay of about 1.9 km between Hoi Wing Road and Castle Peak Road – So Kwun Wut (near Hong Kong Gold Coast Phase I) from a single two‑lane carriageway to a dual two‑lane carriageway (“Project“).

The judicial review was launched by a resident living in the vicinity of the proposed Project and raised issues as to whether the Project complied with the prevailing Air Quality Objectives, whether the consultation process was fair and whether the project should have gone through the environmental impact assessment process under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (Cap 499).

The Court found in favour of the Chief Executive in Council (“CEIC”) and held, inter alia, that it was lawful for the CEIC to accept the Preliminary Environmental Review Report which was based on the Air Quality Objectives dating back to 1987 and that there was no unfairness during the consultation process.

Ernest CY Ng acted for the Applicant (led by Anson Wong SC), instructed by Bond Ng Solicitors.

The full judgment is available here.