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Government response to media enquiries on development at Wang Chau
      In response to media enquiries on the amount of government land and the number of households affected by the public housing development and Yuen Long Industrial Estate Extension (YLIEE) at Wang Chau, a Government spokesman said today (September 28) that when conducting the Planning and Engineering (P&E) feasibility study in 2012, the consultant made a projection that there were approximately 14 hectares of government land within the development boundary (Phases 1, 2 and 3 of the public housing development and YLIEE), some 40 houses and about 210 temporary structures. But there was no projection of the number of households affected. The Government will conduct detailed surveys when rolling out the development.

     To assist in taking forward Phase 1 of the public housing development at Wang Chau, the Lands Department has worked out the area of government and private land within Phase 1 of the development (about 3.4 hectares of government land and 3.5 hectares of private land). The Department also conducted a freezing survey in October 2015 within the area affected by Phase 1 of the development, during which about 180 households (involving about 400 persons) and a few business undertakings were registered. However, since occupants of some structures refused to be registered, the figures at present may not reflect the total number of households and business undertakings affected.

     As regards the P&E feasibility study for the development at Wang Chau, the spokesman pointed out that the study, comprising 16 reports with over 1,000 pages, contains some sensitive information such as land matters, project financial information and so on. Disclosure of such information may affect public interest. The Government, after processing the related sensitive information in an appropriate manner, will submit the 16 reports to the Legislative Council when the new term comes into session officially and make them available to the public.
Ends/Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:36
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