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Draft Fanling North Outline Zoning Plan approved

     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Fanling North (FLN) Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).

     "The Kwu Tung North (KTN) and FLN OZPs are to take forward the recommendations of the North East New Territories New Development Areas Planning and Engineering Study jointly commissioned by the Civil Engineering and Development Department and the Planning Department. The approved FLN OZP indicates the broad land use zonings for the FLN New Development Area (NDA) so that development and redevelopment within the area can be put under statutory planning control. It also provides the planning framework for preparing more detailed non-statutory plans which form the basis for public works planning and site reservation for various uses," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board (the Board) said today (June 19).

     Development of the FLN NDA is of territorial significance as it would be the main source of land supply to meet long-term development needs. The NDA will be developed as a balanced and socially integrated community with emphasis on environmental-friendly design. Upon full development, the FLN NDA would accommodate a total population of about 71 400 and provide about 6 500 employment opportunities.

     The planning scheme area of the approved FLN OZP, covering about 165 hectares, is bounded by Wa Shan and Cham Shan in the north, Mat Wat River in the east, Ma Sik Road in the south, Ng Tung River in the south-west, and Sheung Yue River in the west.

     About 14.87 hectares of land in the area are zoned "Residential (Group A)" for high-density residential developments, including public rental housing (PRH), Home Owneship Scheme (HOS) and private residential developments. All sites are located close to the two Public Transport Interchanges at the core of the NDA.

     About 12.08 hectares of land in the area are zoned "Residential (Group B)". It is intended for medium-density residential developments. There are eight sites under this zoning for PRH, HOS and private housing developments.

     About 1.24 hectares of land are zoned "Residential (Group C)". It is intended for low-rise, low-density residential developments which aims to respect and integrate with the adjoining low-rise village houses in Sheung Shui Wa Shan.

     A site of about 0.24 hectares in Planning Area 7 is zoned "Village Type Development" for reprovisioning the affected village houses/building lots under the Village Removal Terms due to the NDA development.

     About 20.37 hectares of land are zoned "Government, Institution or Community" to provide land for Government, institution or community facilities serving the needs of the local residents and residents of Fanling/Sheung Shui/Kwu Tung New Town.

     About 24.89 hectares of land are zoned "Open Space". A hierarchy of interconnected public open spaces in respect of size and function is proposed. Ng Tung River provides opportunities for providing a riverside promenade and open spaces for enjoyment by residents in the area.

     Land designated for specific uses such as "Commercial/Residential Development with Public Transport Interchange", "Parking and Operation Facilities for Environmentally Friendly Transport System", "Sewage Treatment Works" and "Amenity Area" etc, totalling about 16.62 hectares, are zoned "Other Specified Uses".

     About 12.5 hectares of land are zoned "Agriculture". It is intended to retain and safeguard good quality agricultural land/farm/fish ponds for agricultural purposes. It is also intended to retain fallow arable land with good potential for rehabilitation for cultivation and other agricultural purposes.

     About 2.44 hectares of land are zoned "Green Belt". It is intended to define the limits of urban and sub-urban development areas by natural features, to protect the natural landscape and environment, as well as to provide an ecological buffer for the adjacent meander.

     About 2.22 hectares of land are zoned "Conservation Area". It is intended to protect and retain the existing natural landscape, ecological or topographical features of the area.

     The approved Fanling North OZP No. S/FLN/2 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the the Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department in North Point and Sha Tin, the Fanling, Sheung Shui and Yuen Long East District Planning Office, the North District Office, the Fanling, and Sheung Shui District Rural Committees.

     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 Board's website (

Ends/Friday, June 19, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:00


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