Legal Opinion: Illegitimate revision of Songkhla’s Comprehensive Plan to facilitate Chana Industrial Zone

Legal Opinion:
An illegitimate process to revise the Songkhla’s Comprehensive Plan to facilitate the development of Chana Industrial Zone

ENLAWTHAI Foundation
2 October 2020 

It has been reported that the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and the Songkhla Provincial Authority has convened a meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee in Songkhla on 28 September 2020. One of the main agendas is the review of the proposed revision of the Ministerial Regulation applied to the Songkhla’s Comprehensive Plan B.E. 2559 pursuant to Section 35 of the Town Planning Act B.E. 2562 (2019) to facilitate the development of the Chana Industrial Zone in Songkhla. It was claimed the move has been made commensurate to the cabinet resolution on 18 August 2020 regarding a summary of meeting of the Committee for Development Strategies in the Southern Border Provinces no. 1/2020 in which the cabinet allows the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning and the Songkhla Provincial Authority to proceed with the plan to utilize land related to private investment in the three Tambons (Tambon Sakom, Talingchan and Na Thap, Chana District, Songkhla) appropriate to the local area and the urgent plan to promote private investment and the outcome of public hearing as proposed by the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC). อ่านต่อ

Legal Opinion on the illegitimated public hearing of SBPAC’ s Chana SEZ Project

Legal Opinion on

A lack of legal legitimacy for SBPAC to rush to conclude the public consultation process
regarding the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Songkhla’s Chana district
during the COVID-19 Outbreak and the imposition of the Emergency Decree”

ENLAWTHAI Foundation (EnLAW)
12 May 2020

The Southern Border Province Administration Center (SBPAC) has publicly invited people to participate and share their input regarding the development of the special economic zone (SEZ) in Songkhla’s Chana district pursuant to its announcement made on 28 April 2020. It has also been announced that the public hearings will be conducted in Tambon Sakom, Talingchan and Na Thap, Chana District, Songkhla during 14-20 May 2020. Detail of the announcement can be found in SBPAC’s website (http://www.sbpac.go.th/?p=55137). The project will lead to drastic change of the current land utilization transforming the agricultural land into an industrial zone. It will inadvertently take its tremendous toll on the livelihood of local people, natural resources and the environment in Songkhla and adjacent provinces. 

As an organization which promotes access to environmental rights of the people, EnLAW finds the Announcement by SBPAC, as the project developer, concerning the methods and criteria regarding the public consultation lacks legal legitimacy and is unfair to the people based on various reasons including;  อ่านต่อ





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