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Land resumption for urban renewal project at Nga Tsin Wai Village gazetted

     The Lands Department today (July 15) announced the resumption of land for the implementation of an urban redevelopment project at Nga Tsin Wai Village in Wong Tai Sin.

     The project is included in the Urban Renewal Authority (URA)'s Business Plan for 2007-08. Its implementation will help improve the general environment of the locality while preserving the three main historic relics of the village, namely the Gatehouse, the stone tablet "Hing Yau Yu" at the Gatehouse and the Tin Hau Temple. The central axis and the lane pattern of Nga Tsin Wai Village will also be preserved.

     A total of 20 private interests at the site will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. The affected interests will revert to the Government three months from the date of the resumption notice being affixed on site. Details of the private land affected were gazetted today.

     Under the compensation policy for implementation of urban redevelopment projects, eligible owners of domestic properties will be offered the statutory compensation and an ex-gratia home purchase allowance or supplementary allowance as appropriate. Since this project involves the resumption of an urban village with indigenous villagers, "Compensation Package for Urban Village" is also applicable. Under the arrangement, eligible owners of building land of old scheduled lots in New Kowloon will be offered ex-gratia compensation and an additional allowance will also be offered to eligible indigenous owners of old scheduled building lots and owners who have inherited their lots through the male line from pre-December 25, 1941, owners. The higher of the two compensation packages will be offered to legal owners of the domestic properties.

     Eligible domestic occupiers will be offered rehousing in Hong Kong Housing Authority or Hong Kong Housing Society units, or an ex-gratia cash allowance.

     Eligible commercial property occupiers, including owners and tenants, may choose an ex-gratia allowance in lieu of the right to make statutory claims for business and related losses.

     Affected owners and tenants of both domestic and commercial properties will also have the right to make statutory claims under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. If the claims are not settled by agreement, the owners and tenants may apply to the Lands Tribunal for adjudication. Professional fees reasonably incurred for making such claims may be reimbursed by the Government.

     Upon resumption and clearance, the site, with an area of about 6,000 square metres, will be redeveloped for residential use with ancillary facilities. A conservation park featuring the abovementioned historic relics will be provided in accordance with the prevailing statutory plan prepared under the Town Planning Ordinance.

Ends/Friday, July 15, 2011
Issued at HKT 15:16


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