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 Planning Concepts 

New Towns

The planning principle for Yuen Long Town is to guide the development and redevelopment within the New Town to achieve the Government's objectives of developing a balanced New Town and a regional centre of the NWNT. Yuen Long New Town is planned with an urban form of a "core" of high-rise development along both sides of Castle Peak Road with generally less development intensity towards the periphery and industrial developments located in the northern part of the New Town. The southern, eastern and western parts of the New Town are well served by Yuen Long Highway, Route 3 (Country Park Section), Long Tin Road and Long Ping Road. To the south and east of the existing built-up areas of the New Town are the town extension areas where new developments are proposed. Higher order commercial and residential developments are envisaged in the eastern extension area.

Tin Shui Wai New Town is planned to provide a good mix of various types of housing development to meet the forecast demand and sufficient open space and community facilities for the residents. As the New Town is in close proximity to the Deep Bay area, a recreated wetland park and conservation area towards the Mai Po Marshes are proposed. The proposed wetland park will be open to the public with managed access.

Photo of High-rise Development in Yuen Long Town Centre
High-rise Development in Yuen Long Town Centre                     


Photo of Part of land at the north-east of Tin Shui Wai reserved for the wetland park
Part of land at the north-east  of Tin Shui Wai 
reserved for the wetland park


Urban Fringe of Intense Urban Development

Parts of the rural area in Ping Shan, Ha Tsuen, Tong Yan San Tsuen and the Kam Tin Valley are subjected to squatting and suburban uses such as open storage and cottage industries, especially along both sides of the major access roads. The area also experiences rising pressure for low-rise residential development due to the improvement of accessibility by committed and planned transport links.

A specific planning intention is applied in Ping Shan to protect the historical and cultural sites from urban development. It is also the general intention to develop Hung Shui Kiu as the district centre to provide higher order commercial facilities for Tuen Mun - Yuen Long Corridor area.

The planning intention for Ha Tsuen is to direct growth for low density residential development and village expansion in selected areas where infrastructure provision permits, to retain the countryside features of upland portion, to conserve suitable localities for recreation and agricultural uses, and to regularise the open storage development within appropriate locations.

In planning for Kam Tin Valley, emphasis has been placed on channeling sub-urban low-rise, low density residential developments to suitable areas where the infrastructure capacity permits, retaining the countryside character, preserving good quality agricultural land as far as possible, and regularising some less undesirable open storage uses currently operating within the area. The government also endeavours to conserve places and buildings of historical and archaeological value in the area.

Photo of open storage  use on Castle Peak road,Hung Shui Kiu Section, Ping Shan
Open Storage Use on Castle Peak Road, 
Hung Shui Kiu Section, Ping Shan

Photo of  open storage use in Pat Heung
Open Storage Use in Pat Heung


Photo of the rural characters of Kam Tin
The Rural Characters of Kam Tin


The planning intention for Tong Yan San Tsuen area is to designate sub-urban developments to appropriate locations where basic infrastructure has been planned or available. It is also intended to encourage upgrading of the environment through comprehensively planned development, and to preserve the rural character of the area by retaining the active agricultural land and to reserve sufficient land for future village expansion.

Villages and Area of Rural Characters

The general planning intention of Lau Fau Shan is to promote eco-tourism and compatible recreational uses for the general public taking into consideration its territorial significance of the oyster and fish marketing function. The current planning system also imposes restrictions to uses, temporary or permanent, which are incompatible to the surrounding rural characters.

Photo of Fish and Sea food Market in Lau Fau Shan
Fish and Sea food Market in Lau Fau Shan


Photo of Fish and Sea food Market in Lau Fau Shan
Fish and Sea food Market in Lau Fau Shan


The general planning intention for Pak Nai is to identify areas where appropriate forms of agriculture and rural activities can be sustained as a means of avoiding unwanted urban growth, to enhance the quality of the environment and to preserve the scenic and landscape value of the unspoiled natural features.

The general planning intention for Tai Tong is to retain the rural characteristics by preserving active agricultural land and reserving sufficient land for village type developments and for environmental and infrastructure improvements.

Sensitive Ecological and Conservation Area

It is recognised that Inner Deep Bay faces a tremendous pressure for semi-urban developments. The main challenge for future planning of the area is to achieve an appropriate balance between the growing pressure for urban / semi-urban developments and the need to protect the Mai Po Nature Reserve (MPNR) and preserve / conserve the ecological values and functions of the fish ponds in the area.

The mudflats, mangroves and gei wais in Inner Deep Bay form part of the MPNR which is managed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (Hong Kong). The MPNR together with the surrounding fish ponds have been designated as a wetland of international importance especially as waterfowl habitat under Ramsar Convention in 1995.

The basic planning principle adopted by the Government in Inner Deep Bay is to protect the MPNR through various restrictive zoning and to preserve/ conserve the surrounding fish ponds which form part of the Inner Deep Bay wetland system. Urban developments are not encouraged in areas within the vicinity of the MNPR, unless the uses could conserve the ecological values of the area, or the development is an essential infrastructural project with overriding public interest.

To achieve the conservation objective of the area, restrictive zonings including "Conservation Area" and "Site of Special Scientific Interest" are designated by the Government to prohibit/restrict urban development in the area.

To strike a balance between conservation and development, a gradation approach to development has been adopted. The degree of control for development will be relaxed in areas farther away from MPNR provided that any development/redevelopment should have insignificant impacts on the MPNR.

Photo of Fish / Duck Ponds in Inner Deep Bay
Fish / Duck Ponds in Inner Deep Bay 
Source : The World Wide Fund for Nature (Hong Kong)

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