Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area (HSKNDA) is probably the largest area of flat land in the New Territories which is already provided with major municipal services and transport connections. The NDA has a unique location and is one of the gateways to the Hong Kong territory from the Mainland. It is also close to Qianhai which is a fast developing and an economic engine of Shenzhen.
Involvement in the HSKNDA Study
Masterplan had been actively involved in various community engagement exercises/ public forums and made submissions in different stages of public consultations.
Masterplan supported the Government’s proposals to prepare of plans to guide the comprehensive new town development in order to provide a high quality, sustainable living environment for future generations. The planning of the area should maximize the opportunity to accommodate a large portion of the future needs of Hong Kong for housing and employment. It should also foster a better ladder of opportunities for both the existing and future residents of the NDA for a more prosperous social and economic future.
Positioning of the NDA
The HSKNDA should be positioned as a gateway centre, or a cross boundary regional centre, to create economic vibrancy and employment opportunities for Hung Shui Kiu and the NWNT region.
Optimize the Use of Valuable Land
It was considered that the targeted population was too low. The extensive open space network and the vast amount of land designated for village development had already provided visual openness for the NDA. As such, the identified sites for development should be targeted for higher densities to optimize the overall land use. There was no significant impediment to the adoption of a higher target population than 218,000 including about 43,000 existing population. It was proposed to increase the residential plot ratios across the area, and with little other adjustment to the PODP.
The plan should achieve a better mix of housing types and achieve a more integrated distribution in Hung Shui Kiu. Opportunities should also be taken to address the extreme high proportion of public housing in Tin Shui Wai.
It was suggested that a special design District Centre be located around the area of Lau Fau Shan. The centre should not be just dominated by large blocks of public housing as in Tin Shui Wai. It should provide some service job opportunities to future residents.
Flexible Economic Function
There was no apparent justification why the job opportunities should be limited to logistics and special technology employment. It was considered to be more appropriate to use an OU(Business) for more diverse nature of job opportunities.
Respect Indigenous People’s Culture
The history and cultural heritage of Ha Tsuen and other villages is an important part of the place. It was proposed that a heritage trail be identified to integrate with the proposed open space network to provide a distinctive recreational outlet. The heritage trail together with Lau Fau Shan may become an eco-tourism destination for mainland/overseas travelers as well as for local people. This would not only generate economic benefits to the communities of the NDA, Tin Shui Wai and Lau Fau Shan but also respect to the indigenous people’s culture.
Transportation Pattern and Population Capacity
It was considered that the close proximity of Qianhai from the NDA and its fast growth would attract people living in the NDA to commute to Qianhai for work. It would be prudent to have considered options which had different commuting patterns, different levels of self-containment depending on provision of employment opportunities in HSK, and consequential differences in population capacity for the NDA.
Some of the views expressed had been accepted by the government.