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Luxury mansion amid Phuket protected forest to be removed

Luxury mansion amid Phuket protected forest to be removed

PHUKET: A luxury mansion being built in the hills above the Bang Wad reservoir in Kathu will be ordered to be removed for violating the ban on all construction more than 80 metres above sea level, The Phuket News has confirmed

By Waranya Prompinpiras

Friday 26 April 2019, 12:08PM

Kathu Municipality officials also confirmed to The Phuket News that the luxury mansion is being built illegally as their office have not issued a building permit for the project.

Kathu Municipality officials began their investigation into the construction of the house after it was brought to their attention by local residents on Wednesday (Apr 24).

“The owner of the house has not applied for a building permit,” confirmed Tassanee Saetong, Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) at Kathu Municipality.

“But even if they did, we certainly would not have approved it,” she told The Phuket News yesterday.

“The construction breaches the Building Control Act, under which construction must not be more than 80 meters above sea level. This house is 130 meters above sea level,” Ms Tassanee explained.

“It is illegal,” she said.

“Next we will proceed according to the regulations of the Building Control Act. All construction will be suspended and all structures already built will be ordered to be removed,” Ms Tassanee confirmed.

“We will issue the notice to the house owner in accordance with the regulations of Building Control Act,” she said.

Mrs Tassanee declined to confirm when the notice will be issued.

“Right now we are compiling all the information needed to issue the order. Also, I want extra information for this case,” she said.


Amnuay Pinsuwan of the Phuket Provincial Land Office explained that although the house is in the middle of a protected national forest, it is on legally owned land.

The house and other buildings under construction in the compound are located on a single plot of 10 rai that is currently owned by three women, Mr Amnuay told The Phuket News.

The three women – Supatra Jaruariyanon, Natchaya Gohsaiyawat and Jiranon Thamchu – bought the land from Mano Kiewkram on Feb 9, 2016, he said in a statement issued yesterday (Apr 25).

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The statement was issued specifically to clarify facts currently being disputed on Thai social media websites.

Explaining the history of the land, Mr Amnuay noted that the Governor at the time on Dec 15, 2011 approved for a Chanote to be issued for the land in Mr Mano’s name.

The Land Office on Feb 24, 2012 ruled no disagreement for issuing the Chanote, and issued the actual Chanote land title document on Mar 9, 2012.

A copy of the Chanote has been presented to The Phuket News.

Mr Amnuay also explained that the Chanote issued to Mr Mano was issued on the basis of a SorKor 1 land document issued to a Mr Chuan Janerop.

“The SorKor 1 proved possession of the land before the area was declared a national protected forest area,” Mr Amnuay explained.

However, how or why the land was issued a Chanote to Mr Mano on the basis of a SorKor 1 issued to Mr Chuan was not explained.


Paisarn Noopichai, Director of the Phuket office of the Royal Forest Department, told The Phuket News that he is investigating whether the land claimed encroaches on the protected national forest.

“I have spoken with Kathu Municipality officials and confirmed that the house was built without a building permit. Now we are checking more detailed information with the Phuket Land Office,” Mr Paisarn said.

“We are checking whether the land is legally owned and whether any structures on the land encroach on the national forest reserve.

“We are also checking whether the boundaries for the land claimed have been extended beyond those marked on the land documents,” he said.

“The area where the house is being built is a protected national forest,” Mr Paisarn confirmed.

“But if the house being built is on land that was owned before the area was declared a protected forest, that will be permitted by law – but the construction must be in accordance with the Building Control Act,” he said.

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Kurt | 30 April 2019 - 11:08:55

D.,You are welcome. I feel honoured by you daily fascinated personal focus just on me only. Thanks. I will not let you down. But don't forget about the contents of the articles. Don't miss your chance to ventilate your own comment/opinion on that. Remember, you are invited.

DeKaaskopp | 29 April 2019 - 23:05:30

"Are the money irons already heated to take the cold  out of the air"Hahaha, one of the reasons why it's so funny to read the comment section.Only here you find those extreme mental outpourings.Great stuff,thank you K.

BenPendejo | 29 April 2019 - 10:51:52

Yeah...I'll believe this when I see it, but certainly not holding my breath.  I'm pretty sure something will "pop up" that clarifies a previous misunderstanding, and Khun Forest Clearer will carry on his happy way in his new house on the hill while someone rides off smiling into the sunset on his new Ducati.  And Christy is right...Layan is being utterly destroyed. Thais should b...

Kurt | 29 April 2019 - 10:42:16

Yup! That f'lying Nor-Sor-1' seems to be created long time ago for purpose to give space for 'owner ship' and officialdom corruption.
Now, how is situation in north C-M about that judge housing project, and in NaiHarn, these houses at the small road behind the Naiharn hotel? A lot illegal stuff. Are the money irons already heated to take the cold out of the air?

CaptainJack69 | 28 April 2019 - 13:06:28

Sounds like the definition of a 'flying Nor-Sor-1' doesn't it? This system desperately needs reforming. An NS1 is basically just a tax receipt, it is NOT an ownership document. How it becomes a full Chanote, and how that happens after the area becomes national reserve and in a different name! just stinks of corruption.

Christy Sweet | 27 April 2019 - 08:32:58

Come up to Layan and see all the Nat'l Forest reserve being clear cut for villa developments- working day and night to get it up fast

Discover Thainess | 26 April 2019 - 22:10:52

Please follow up on this regularly TPN, my guess is that the house will still be there in many years time sadly. 

Timothy | 26 April 2019 - 13:47:50

Gee, a Governor can get a Chanote for any land he wants. Even if it's right in the middle of a protected forest. Not surprised. It would be interesting to know how many times this has happened in the past. Sweet post Phuket. Must cost a lot. What ever happened to the case of the Land Dept. official who made illegal Chanotes. Hung himself with socks? Investigation over! 

Kurt | 26 April 2019 - 13:04:11

Why should people own land above the height of 80 m? For what purpose?  And: To be removed? Not so fast! First see, than believe. Now the thai bascules/balances start to work. Law on 1 scale, money on the other. We know what is always the heavier scale. That is in Thailand the scale of clearing 'misunderstandings' that make so many people happy.


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