New blueprint for Yuen Long South to accommodate 85,000 people, 10,000 jobs

New blueprint for Yuen Long South to accommodate 85,000 people, 10,000 jobs

The Government today launched the third stage of a three-month community engagement for the planning and engineering study for housing sites in Yuen Long South to gauge public views on the draft Recommended Outline Development Plan.

The development could accommodate a population of 85,000 and create 10,800 employment opportunities.

A new blueprint for Yuen Long South to accommodate 85,000 people and in the process generate more than 10,000 job opportunities has been drafted by the Development Bureau.

It proposes 183 hectares of the 223 hectares of land in the area be used to create three residential zones and to build shopping malls, open storage and community facilities.

About 106 hectares will be brownfield land, it said.

The Potential Development Areas (PDA) and the Study Area

The Potential Development Areas (PDA) and the Study Area

Sixty-five hectares will be used for residential and mixed-use purposes and 12.5 hectares will be prepared for commercial, open storage and workshops. Another 27 hectares will be open space and the remaining 78.5 hectares will be used for public facilities, such as roads, public utilities and amenities.

The bureau expects a 2020 launch with the first batch of residents moving in by 2026.

The stage-three community engagement for the development of Yuen Long South, unveiled yesterday, will run until April 19.

The number of residents in the latest blueprint is 4,800 more than the bureau’s last community engagement completed in 2014.

Around 27,700 flats will be built, 60 percent of which will be public housing and 40 percent private. That will be an addition of 1,600 flats from the previous proposal.

The whole plan comprises five zones, three of which are major residential zones and include “Urban Living” (high-density residential community), “LOHAS Living” (medium density) and “Garden Community” (low density).

Their population sizes are estimated at 54,400, 20,700 and 7,600 respectively.

Urban Living will be close to the Yuen Long new town.

The remaining two zones are “Employment Belt” and “Green Zone” for providing storage and workshop uses and preserved for agricultural land.

A multistory industrial compound will be built on the belt for reallocating the affected storage operators.

As 80 percent of the land belongs to private owners, the government will have to set aside funds for compensation, though no amount was given. Owners may also exchange their land with the government if they meet certain conditions.

In the preliminary studies, two villages Tin Lung and Sha Tseng will be reserved. In the whole development plan, 130 structures will be affected.  Green Sense chief Roy Tam Hoi-pong said he fears the plan will sweep away active operators in the storage and recycle industries.

“We are always calling on the government to develop the brownfield sites, but it seems the government has accepted only a part of our suggestions and ignored the fact there are many operators in Yuen Long South who are very active,” Tam said.

He wondered whether government officials had actually visited the sites before drawing up the blueprint.

Yuen Long Shap Pat Heung Rural Committee chairman Leung Fuk-yuen said he hopes the government will award reasonable compensation to affected residents.


New blueprint for Yuen Long South to accommodate 85,000 people, 10,000 jobs

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