Draft Mid-levels East Outline Zoning Plan approved

     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Mid-levels East Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Mid-Levels East area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (September 17).

     The Planning Scheme Area, covering 63.34 hectares of land, is bounded by Kennedy Road in the north, Stubbs Road in the east and Bowen Drive in the west, while the 200-230 metres contour forms its southern limit.

     About 1.6 hectares, covering the site of Lingnan Campus on Stubbs Road to the west of Tung Shan Terrace, are zoned "Comprehensive Development Area". It is intended for comprehensive redevelopment of the area for residential with supporting commercial uses, open space and other related facilities.

     A site of about 4.35 hectares is zoned "Residential (Group B)" for medium-density residential developments while about 6.94 hectares are zoned "Residential (Group C)" ("R(C)") for low-rise, low-density residential developments.

     A number of sites, covering a total of about 4.76 hectares, are zoned "Government, Institution or Community" ("GIC").  Existing GIC facilities include Bowen Road Fresh Water Service Reservoir, St James' Settlement at Kennedy Road, the cluster of schools as well as the care and attention home near Shiu Fai Terrace, and Lingnan Primary School and Kindergarten at Tung Shan Terrace.

     About 0.97 hectare is zoned "Open Space" to provide active and passive recreational facilities for local residents.  Existing open spaces are located to the north of Shiu Fai Terrace, to the west of Tung Shan Terrace, along Bowen Road and at the junction of Wan Chai Gap Road and Bowen Road.

     The hill slopes in the central and southern parts of the planning scheme area, covering about 41.52 hectares, are zoned "Green Belt".  It forms a visually and aesthetically pleasant background to the area.  There is a general presumption against development within this zone.

     Building height restrictions are incorporated into the OZP to provide better planning control on future development/redevelopment.  It is intended to prevent excessively tall or out-of-context buildings and to preserve key attributes of the area such as the public view from Bowen Road.

     The approved Mid-levels East OZP No. S/H12/12 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the secretariat of the Town Planning Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department in North Point and Sha Tin, Hong Kong District Planning Office and Wan Chai District Office.

     Copies of the approved OZP 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 at the Town Planning Board's website (www.info.gov.hk/tpb).

Ends/Friday, September 17, 2010
Issued at HKT 17:48