Draft To Kwa Peng and Pak Tam Au Development Permission Area Plan approved

     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft To Kwa Peng and Pak Tam Au Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan.

     "The approved DPA Plan is to provide planning guidance and to facilitate development control within the To Kwa Peng and Pak Tam Au areas during the period required for detailed analysis of the land use pattern, study of infrastructural provisions and examination of development options for the formulation of an outline zoning plan (OZP)," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board (the Board) said today (February 17).

     The Planning Scheme Area (the Area) covers an area of about 24.96 hectares with about 9.77 hectares in the To Kwa Peng area and about 15.19 hectares in the Pak Tam Au area. The Area is encircled by the Sai Kung East Country Park in the east, and Pak Tam Road and Sai Kung West Country Park in the west. The general planning intention is to protect the Area's high landscape value, which complements the overall natural quality and the landscape beauty of the surrounding Sai Kung East and Sai Kung West Country Parks.

     The whole Area is designated as "Unspecified Use". This land use designation is primarily intended to give statutory protection to the Area subject to further studies.  Under this land use designation, apart from the "Agricultural Use" and some uses which are always permitted in the covering Notes of the Plan, all uses and developments will require planning permission from the Board. Additionally, if diversion of streams, land filling/excavation or pond filling is required for the always-permitted uses (except the public works co-ordinated or implemented by the Government), permission from the Board will be required. This control will help properly regulate and manage the existing topography and natural vegetation.

     The approved To Kwa Peng and Pak Tam Au DPA Plan No. DPA/NE-TKP/2 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 Sha Tin, Tai Po and North District Planning Office, the Tai Po District Office and the Sai Kung North Rural Committee.

     Copies of the approved DPA 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 Board's website (www.info.gov.hk/tpb).

Ends/Friday, February 17, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:01