Condo's permit may be scrapped

THE CENTRAL Administrative Court may scrap EIA and construction permit for a Bt2.8-billion condominium project in Bangkok's Lak Si district next month in response to a complaint from long-time residents in the area.

The verdict is scheduled to be handed down on February 13.

Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA) president Srisuwan Janya voiced hope yesterday that the court would scrap the construction and the EIA on grounds that the commissioner of justice in the case had suggested the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project was illegitimate.

Condo body seeks EIA exemptions

The Thai Condominium Association (TCA) is set to propose to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry that condo projects with a construction area of less than 10,000 square metres be exempt from conducting an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Newly elected president Prasert Taedullayasatit said the proposal, if approved, would help to reduce both the number of EIAs and the time it took for EIA consideration.

Failed EIAs kick Bangkok's condos to the kerb

A growing number of condo projects already launched for sale have failed to win environmental impact assessment (EIA) approval, forcing developers to return booking money and revise project designs.

The problem, which causes projects to be delayed or even scrapped entirely, was common a few years ago and has recently re-emerged in the booming condo sector.

The condo developer Grand Unity Development Co, a subsidiary of the SET-listed Univentures Plc, for instance, sent a letter to customers this week saying its two condo projects had failed their EIAs.

Thailand: Developers welcome proposed streamlining

They reacted positively to the proposal by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) to revise the application process for environmental impact assessment. Rather than having to apply for EIA approval from an expert panel, developers would be required instead to comply with a full environmental checklist under the supervision of local authorities, which are in charge of issuing construction licences.

Thai Condominium Association president Thamrong Panyasakul-wong said such a move would bring about a new standard practice for condo developers.

Thailand: Condo opponents plan Supreme Court appeal

The residents had filed a lawsuit against the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), which had approved the 100-page environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Sense condominium, which was developed by Suparaj Development Limited Company.

The Central Administrative Court ruled that the ONEP's panel of environmental experts had followed the law by hearing testimonies from relevant parties, including representatives from the developer and local residents. The court also ruled that the construction permit for the project complied with the law.