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Vacant School Premises Sites
Reviewed under the Central Clearing House Mechanism

Review Report

Mechanism

In accordance with the Central Clearing House (CCH) mechanism, the Education Bureau (EDB) upon confirming that a vacant school premise (VSP) is no longer required for school uses, will inform the Planning Department (PlanD) and other relevant departments (e.g. the Lands Department (LandsD) and the Housing Department (HD)). PlanD will then conduct review according to the CCH mechanism to consider and recommend suitable alternative long-term use (such as Government, Institution or Community (G/IC), residential and other uses) for the VSP site concerned. After determining the long-term use of the VSP site, PlanD will inform the department concerned (e.g. LandsD and HD, etc.) about the recommendations for their follow-up actions as appropriate.

As at March 2020, PlanD has reviewed successively in recent years the long-term uses of a total of 234 VSP sites in accordance with the CCH mechanism. About 77% (181 sites) are recommended for retaining the G/IC use. About 11% (26 sites) are recommended for residential use; of these, over half (14 sites) are recommended for public housing development (with some already completed or under construction), and the remaining 12 sites subject to private land owners’ initiative to take forward the housing development. For the remaining 12% or so (27 sites) which are former village schools in the New Territories located within village areas, they are recommended for retaining their uses as village type development, rural use, open space, etc.

Amongst the 234 VSP sites, 191 are on government land or private land to be surrendered to the Government. Of these 191 sites, as at end 2019 –

  • 64 sites will be put to long-term uses in accordance with the recommendations under CCH mechanism, or will be put to short-term uses pending implementation of the long-term uses.

  • 36 sites pending implementation of long-term uses are available for applications by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or social enterprises for community, institutional or non-profit making uses on a short-term basis.

  • 84 sites have already been put to long-term uses in line with the recommendation under the CCH mechanism, or have already been put to short-term uses pending implementation of long-term uses; and

  • 7 sites are not available for use due to site or technical constraints (such as slope problems or other safety issues, or pending completion of procedures seeking to recover the physical possession of the sites).

The remaining 43 sites fall on private land and their development generally depends on private land owners’ initiative in compliance with the requirements of relevant statutory Outline Zoning Plans (OZPs), lease conditions, and any other pertinent legislations

The list of reviewed VSP sites with recommendations on their long-term land uses is available at PlanD’s Planning Enquiry Counters at the North Point Government Offices and Sha Tin Government Offices. The list has also been uploaded to PlanD’s website for reference. The webpage mainly reflects the results of PlanD’s review on the long-term uses of VSP sites and the status of the concerned VSP sites as at end 2019. The information uploaded to the website does not reflect the changing status of actual utilization of these sites. Enquiries on the use or current status of individual VSP sites should be made to the managing parties of the sites concerned.

Application for use of VSP sites

To optimise land resources, pending implementation of the long-term uses for individual VSP sites, relevant departments may arrange these sites for temporary government uses or make these sites available for applications for uses by NGOs or social enterprises.

Similar to other government sites, if any organisation wishes to use a VSP site already reviewed under the CCH mechanism and available for application for G/IC use, support from the relevant bureau(x) must be obtained before making an application with the current managing department for using the premises in accordance with the established mechanism.

For individual VSPs located or partially located on private land, unless relevant land leases contain a cessation or diminution of user clause, land owners concerned can make use of the VSP sites at their own discretion in accordance with the requirements of relevant statutory Outline Zoning Plans (OZPs), lease conditions, and any other pertinent legislations.

Enquiries

PlanD will conduct annual review to update information in the website to reflect the latest review results. For enquiries, please refer to the Frequently Ask Questions or contact the Housing and Office Land Supply Section of PlanD by e-mail at hols@pland.gov.hk.

For enquiries on the uses or current status of individual VSP sites, please click on the “List of VSP Sites” for the website of the managing parties of the sites concerned to contact them directly.

For enquiries on the VSP sites managed by LandsD, please contact the relevant District Lands Offices (DLO). To check the district boundary, address and telephone number of each DLO, please click the following hyperlinks:
https://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/about/boundary_plan/boundary_plan.jpg or
https://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/about/enquiries.htm

NGOs who wish to make use of VSP sites may also refer to LandsD’s “GeoInfo Map” website. This website compiles and sets out the list of vacant government sites (including VSP) which are currently managed by LandsD and can be used for community, institutional or non-profit-making purposes. Relevant application guidelines and procedures are available at LandsD’s website.

The information on this website does not include those VSPs currently retained by EDB for school allocation, thus they are not referred to PlanD for review according to the CCH mechanism. For enquiries on these VSP sites, please contact EDB.

 

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