Comment on Tung Chung New Town Extension Study

Representation to Draft Tung Chung Valley Development Permission Area Plan (DPA Plan) No. DPA/I-TCV/1

Representation to Draft Tung Chung Valley Outline Zoning Plan No. S/I-TCV/1

2013 - 2016

Forestside Limited had some land interests in Tung Chung West. Masterplan had been commissioned to make several submissions in relation to the Tung Chung New Town Extension Study (the Study), Draft Tung Chung Valley Development Permission Area Plan (DPA Plan) and OZP.

 

 

Comment on Tung Chung New Town Extension Study (TCE Study)

2013 – 2014

It was considered that a number of planning principles should be adopted in the planning of the Tung Chung Valley. These included imposition of appropriate plot ratio restrictions to avoid underutilisation of land; adoption of Transport Orientated Development and mixed use development concept around transport node to create a vibrant community; and achieving a more balanced social mix for the future community.

 

The submissions proposed that the development densities of Tung Chung Valley should be increased to help address the acute demand of housing in the territory; more private housing should be planned to address the present imbalance housing mix in area west of Tung Chung Town Centre; the land use around the proposed railway station should be reviewed to create a vibrant district centre for Tung Chung Valley; the drainage system should be reviewed to avoid large scale land resumption; and land ownership status should also be considered in the planning stage in order to facilitate quick implementation of the development of Tung Chung Valley.

A Layout of Possible Blockings of the Proposed Zonings within about 500m from Tung Chung West Station together with the existing developments and Area 39 Public Rental Housing Development (being built)

The newly proposed development within 500m radius from Tung Chung West Station (in green) is of small scale compared with the existing and committed Developments (in grey)

Representations to Draft Tung Chung Valley DPA Plan No. DPA/I-TCV/1

2015

This representation objected to the illogical boundary of the DPA Plan as it did not include areas of existing development to its east which were not covered by statutory plans. It also objected to the content of the DPA Plan as the whole DPA Plan was covered by “Unspecified Use” area which ignored the existing villages and government, institution or community facilities in the area.

 

This representation pointed out the deficiencies of the TCE Study and reiterated the comments made on the study as the latter would be used as the basis for the formulation of the future OZP to replace the DPA Plan. The representation was not heard and the DPA Plan was soon replaced by OZP No. S/I-TCV/1.

Representation to Draft Tung Chung Valley OZP No. S/I-TCV/1

2016

This representation proposed a minor change to rationalise OZP boundary to follow private lot boundary and to include the mangrove area so that the coastal land is under protection by appropriate planning controls. It also proposed to adopt the TOD planning concept by slightly increasing the development land area within 500m from the future railway station. 

Representation Site A and Site B are both within 500m from the future railway station. Adopting the TOD concept, these sites should be identified for development. For Site A, the representation proposed to enlarge the G/IC sites at Sha Tsui Tau. This would help create a community focal point for the Tung Chung Valley community.  The new G/IC site was proposed with two Non-building areas to preserve the view of Hau Wong Temple and better protect the mangrove area. A consistent approach of including “Flat” as a Column 2 use of the G/IC zones as in the other two Tung Chung OZPs should be adopted. This would provide more land use flexibility, but the ultimate control is still with the TPB.

 

The government study proposed a stormwater attenuation and treatment pond at Site B. The representation proposed to free the land for residential development. This is in line with government policy to increase land supply for housing. Putting the pond underneath an open space site which lies adjacent to the River Park is considered feasible. This is a sensible way to optimise the use of valuable land.

 

Huge investment in infrastructure is needed for the engineering works for the development of Tung Chung Valley. While the preservation of heritage and conservation of the natural environment are respected, it is considered that a reasonable level of development should be pursued.

TPB did not uphold any of the representations they received in relation to the OZP.

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