The Tuan Chau Group is seeking approval to reclaim land for villa development.
Property developer the Tuan Chau Group will build three flower-shaped villas on the shores of Ha Long Bay if it gains approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The group plans to pour 20 million cubic meters of soil into the bay to reclaim 400 hectares of land, where it will also build a 27-hole golf course, expand the road linking the mainland to Tuan Chau Island, and build a bridge 120 meters in length.
Tuan Chau has already asked permission to adjust the Tuan Chau Tourism & Entertainment Complex project seven times. The Ha Long Bay Management Board said that the details of the project were last updated in 2011. However, the complex is located on Ha Long Bay, which is a World Heritage Site, so Vietnam must consult with UNESCO’s Heritage Center in Paris before making any adjustments to the project.
The project must also be submitted to the National Heritage Science Council for consideration and to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for approval.
The Ha Long Bay Management Board said that Ha Long Bay was taken off the list of sites needing UNESCO recommendations, at the 38th annual meeting of the Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar, in January 2014. The organization has praised the policy of Quang Ninh province of not to reclaim land in the bay for new urban areas and claims that Vietnam and Quang Ninh province must continue to work under its guidelines until 2016. UNESCO will continue to monitor and observe independent activities that may impact on Ha Long Bay.
Ms. Pham Thuy Duong, Head of the Ha Long Bay Management Board, said that if the local government approves the Tuan Chau Group’s plan to build the villas then UNESCO would make recommendations regarding the content.