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Tseung Kwan O

 Planning Principles and Concepts 

Overall Concept

Tseung Kwan O is the seventh new town in Hong Kong. In the Territorial Development Strategy Review, strategic growth of the SENT will be confined to Tseung Kwan O, taking cognisance of the capacity of the New Town for further extension, the planned industrial and port developments and the proposed high capacity external road and rail links to the Metro Area. The rest of the sub-region will mainly be planned for conservation and recreation purposes with low-density residential developments at suitable locations to form the hinterland of the New Town. To take forward the strategic planning intentions, a development statement for the intensification and extension of the New Town recommending further increase of the population to 520,000 by the year 2011 through up-zoning and further reclamation has been prepared. The feasibility of these proposals is now under study by the Government.

Overall concept plan for Tseung Kwan O New Town
Overall concept plan for Tseung Kwan O New Town

Tseung Kwan O New Town is fast expanding. It is one of the key strategic growth areas for mass housing close to the Metro Area. The New Town is designed with the following concepts:

Major Urban Developments

  • In addition to the existing Po Lam Road and Tseung Kwan O Tunnel, the New Town will be connected to the Metro Area by Western Coast Road and Cross-Bay Link. It will also be served by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Tseung Kwan O Extension, which is targeted for completion by 2002.

  • The New Town is to be built mainly by reclaiming Tseung Kwan O Bay and formation of platforms on both sides of the narrow inlet.

  • The five stations along the MTR line will become the focal points of the district/ town centres in the New Town, with retail and public transport interchange facilities. High density residential developments including public and private developments are planned around the MTR stations.

  • Due to the proximity of the New Town to the Metro Area, which is to be brought even closer by planned external links, residential developments in the New Town are generally planned to a higher intensity when compared with other new towns in the territory.

  • Low to medium density residential developments are planned near the fringe of the New Town, such as those in Hang Hau North and Pak Shing Kok.

  • Some traditional villages affected by development, including Yau Yue Wan Village, Hang Hau Village and Tin Ha Wan Village, were resited within the New Town. Land has also reserved for the expansion of other recognised villages such as Tseung Kwan O Village and Mau Wu Tsai Village.

  • About 40% of the population in the New Town will be accommodated in private housing, and the remaining 60% in subsidised housing including public rental estates, Home Ownership Schemes and Private Sector Participation Schemes, etc.

  • The planning of Tseung Kwan O New Town aims at self-containment of shopping, community, recreational and other local facilities. Shopping facilities are provided in commercial and commercial / residential developments in the district centres and Town Centre as well as in individual public housing estates. A wide range of community facilities including those for education, health, social welfare and recreation are being provided to match with the growth of population in the New Town.

Photo of Residential Developments around Po Lam Station
Residential Developments 
around Po Lam Station

Photo of Tseung Kwan O Village
Tseung Kwan O Village


Photo of Tseung Kwan O Hospital
Tseung Kwan O Hospital


Photo of A modern shopping centre at Metro City
A modern shopping centre at Metro City

Town Centre

  • A town centre is planned in the central area near Tseung Kwan O Bay. The major facilities being provided there will serve Tseung Kwan O as well as the Sai Kung hinterland. The land-uses in the Town Centre are systematically arranged in successive layers of housing, major government, institution or community (GIC) facilities, commercial facilities and open space. The layering pattern is superimposed by a cruciform plan of GIC and commercial facilities, in form of a central north-south running GIC/open space spine and a east-west running commercial spine of inter-linked podium structures. A town park and a civic square are planned to the eastern fringe and near the waterfront of the Town Centre respectively.

Photo of Town Centre coming into shape

Town Centre coming into shape

Plan of Cruciform Design Concept for Town Centre

Cruciform Design Concept for Town

Breezeways, Open Spaces and Green Belts

  • The planned higher development intensity in Tseung Kwan O is balanced by the provision of ample open spaces and breezeways in the planning and design of the New Town. The breezeway system which restricts developments under the breezeway corridors to a maximum building height of 30 metres is designed to channel valley winds, off-slope and sea breezes and seasonal prevailing winds into the urban core of the New Town. These breezeway corridors are provided by suitably aligned open spaces and low-rise developments in the Town Centre, Hang Hau and Po Lam Districts.

Plan of Principal Breezeway and Open Space Systems in Tseung Kwan O
Principal Breezeway and Open Space Systems in Tseung Kwan O
  • The New Town is provided with a comprehensive network of open spaces, including major district open spaces in various districts and the town park and civic square at the Town Centre. The three landfill sites in Tseung Kwan O will be restored and developed for recreational uses in future.

  • Large areas along the fringe of the New Town covering a total area of 710 ha are designated as green belts to promote conservation of the natural environment and to safeguard it from encroachment by urban development. These areas provide a visual transition between developments in the New Town and Clear Water Bay Country Park as well as additional outlets for passive recreational uses.

Photo of Future Town Park forming park of the eastern breezeway
Future Town Park forming part of the
eastern breezeway


Photo of Po Hong Park
Po Hong Park


Industrial, Port and Other Major Developments

  • To minimise any possible interface problems, sites for industrial and port developments, and sewage treatment works are planned in the south-eastern and south-western parts of the New Town.

  • Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate, covering about 95 ha of land and enjoying marine frontage, is located in Area 87 in the south-eastern part of the New Town. It is mainly intended for industries with new or improved technology and processes which cannot operate in multi-storey factory buildings. Further south, special industries requiring marine access for vessels of deep draught or with potential hazards are planned in Area 137 at Fat Tong O, to take advantage of the deep waterfront and ease of marine access via the Tathong Channel. Reclamation of about 100 ha is planned there. Traffic to and from the industrial developments will be diverted to the proposed Cross-Bay Link and Western Coast Road in future, minimising any adverse traffic and associated environmental impacts on the residential areas in the New Town.

Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate
Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate
  • Land for a movie city development at Area 106 in the south-eastern part of the New Town has been granted.

  • The existing sewage treatment works in Area 85 may need to be expanded to cater for a higher population level of the New Town. Land has been reserved to its immediate south for such purpose.

  • The feasibility of providing a cargo working area and a typhoon shelter at Area 131 in the south-western part of the New Town is now under study. Government mooring buoys will also be provided at Tseung Kwan O Bay.

Photo of TVB City Development
TVB City Development


Photo of Area 106 reserved for a movie city development
Area 106 reserved for a movie city development

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