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Author Topic: Zoning dispute fun:  (Read 604 times)

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Offline VekseidTopic starter

Zoning dispute fun:
« on: March 12, 2007, 05:52:11 PM »

As far as planning disputes go, it is a far cry from letters of complaint to the council over an unsightly conservatory.

After a row with developers, this family's home has been left perched 12m (40ft) up on its own concrete island.

It all started when they refused to accept compensation to move and, while the row rumbled on, the bulldozers excavated the site around them.

Rumoured to have government connections, the family is not expected to be forced out.

But popping to the shops might be a bit difficult. And as for getting the car out of the garage well, who knows?

The house is in Chongqing, central China the fastest growing urban centre in the world, with more than 4million residents.

The boom is fuelled by strong economic growth and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But behind the scenes is a debate, that has been raging for ten years, over the need for a law giving legal protection to private property in a Communist state.