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STDM loses land appeal

Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau (STDM) lost its court battle to overturn the government’s dispatch, which took back a 968-square-metre parcel of land granted to the company in Estrada de D. João Paulino on Penha Hill. A ruling by the Court of Second Instance released last week reads that the company’s concession over the plot expired in 2013 and thus could not be extended based on the current land law, despite the fact that the Court agreed STDM was not liable for the plot being left idle, but instead the MSAR government, due to its mistakes regarding the plot’s buildable area that led to the company not being able to begin construction on the site. STDM had planned to build a 3-storey villa on the plot.