Draft Tsuen Wan West Outline Zoning Plan approved

    The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Tsuen Wan West Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide development and redevelopment in the Tsuen Wan West area," a spokesman of the Town Planning Board said today (May 18).

     The Planning Scheme Area, covering an area of about 450 hectares, comprises three districts, namely Ting Kau, Sham Tseng and Tsing Lung Tau.

     Two existing sub-urban commercial centres are zoned "Commercial" with an area of about 0.6 hectares. They include the sub-district commercial centre associated with the Hong Kong Garden development in Tsing Lung Tau and the cluster of speciality roast-goose restaurants in Sham Tseng.

     A site on the headland between Ting Kau Beach and Lido Beach is designated as "Comprehensive Development Area (1)" with the planning intention for hotel development.

     Some 9.5 hectares of land is zoned "Residential (Group A)" to reflect a number of existing high-density residential developments in Sham Tseng. About 20.3 hectares of land is zoned "Residential (Group B)" for medium-density residential developments in Sham Tseng and Tsing Lung Tau.  A total of 8.5 hectares of land is zoned "Residential (Group C)" primarily intended for low-rise, low-density residential developments. The Garden Bakery, which is the only remaining industrial operation in Sham Tseng, is zoned "Residential (Group E)" to encourage phasing out of the existing industrial activity and to remove the industrial/residential interface problem in the area.

     A total of 13.9 hectares of land is zoned "Village Type Development" for the consolidation and expansion of existing villages.

     To provide a range of "Government, Institution or Community" ("G/IC") facilities to serve the community in Tsuen Wan West, about 10.1 hectares of land is zoned "G/IC". Besides, some 7.7 hectares of land is designated as "Open Space" for seven gazetted beaches and a district open space.

     About 1.6 hectares of land is zoned "Other Specified Uses" to cover the existing Airport Core Programme Exhibition Centre near Hoi Mei Beach and a proposed sewage treatment work at Sham Tseng reclamation. The ex-Tsing Lung Tau Quarry site and the surrounding slopes are zoned "Undetermined" ("U").  The subsequent afteruse of the "U" zone is subject to further investigation.

     The "Green Belt" zone with an area of about 302.5 hectares serves to protect the existing natural environment from encroachment by urban development.

     The approved Tsuen Wan West OZP No. S/TWW/17 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Town Planning Board,  the Planning Enquiry Counters in North Point and Sha Tin, the Tsuen Wan and West Kowloon District Planning Office, the Tsuen Wan District Office, and the Tsuen Wan Rural Committee.

     Copies of the approved plan are available for sale at the Map Publications Centres in North Point and Yau Ma Tei.  The electronic version of the plan can be viewed on the Town Planning Board's website at http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/.

Ends/Friday, May 18, 2007
Issued at HKT 15:06