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Draft Pui O Au Outline Zoning Plan approved
     The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Pui O Au Outline Zoning Plan (OZP).
     "The approved OZP provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment within the Pui O Au area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (September 23).
     The planning scheme area, covering about 8.89 hectares, is located on the southern part of Lantau Island and sandwiched between Lantau South Country Park and South Lantau Road. It is in close proximity to rural village clusters in Pui O to its southwest and Ham Tin further south across South Lantau Road. It is accessible by South Lantau Road and is well connected to Mui Wo, Tung Chung via Tung Chung Road and Tai O via Keung Shan Road and Tai O Road.
     The general planning intention is to conserve its landscape and ecological value in safeguarding the natural habitats and to maintain the unique natural and rural character of the Pui O Au area. Land is also designated for village development. In the designation of various zones in the area, consideration has been given to protecting the natural habitats of ecological significance such as woodlands, shrublands, grasslands and natural streams which are connected with the habitats in Lantau South Country Park adjoining the area to its north. Considerations have also been given for future rebuilding or redevelopment of the existing village houses.
     About 0.29 hectares are zoned "Village Type Development". The zone is primarily for the provision of land for the retention of existing village. There is no recognised village within the area. The zone reflects the existing village cluster in Pui O Lo Wai Tsuen (Pui O Au) at the south-western part of the area.
     About 0.54 hectares are zoned "Government, Institution or Community". This zone is intended primarily for the provision of government, institution or community (GIC) facilities serving the needs of the local residents and/or a wider district, region or the territory. The zone mainly covers the electricity substation, the public vehicle park and a piece of vacant land to its west for possible extension, as well as a refuse collection point to the east of Pui O Lo Wai Tsuen (Pui O Au). This zone also covers a piece of land adjoining the refuse collection point and a piece of vacant land abutting South Lantau Road reserved for suitable GIC facilities in the future.
     About 0.62 hectares are zoned "Other Specified Uses" ("OU") annotated "Recreation Centre and Hostel" and "OU" annotated "Waterworks Portals" respectively covering two sites which are the existing private recreation centre with ancillary hostel development (the Swire Leadership Centre) and the existing Pui O Au Portal of the Water Supplies Department.
     About 7.44 hectares are zoned "Green Belt". This zone is intended to define the limits of urban and sub-urban development areas by natural features and to contain urban sprawl as well as to provide passive recreational outlets. The zone mainly covers the woodlands, shrublands, grasslands, streams, some existing houses, graves and temporary structures in the area. There is a permitted burial ground intended for burial places of deceased villagers of Pui O Lo Wai in the area.
     The approved Pui O Au OZP No. S/I-POA/2 is available for public inspection during office hours at (i) the Secretariat of the Town Planning Board, (ii) the Planning Enquiry Counters in North Point and Sha Tin, (iii) the Sai Kung and Islands District Planning Office, (iv) the Islands District Office and its sub-offices in Mui Wo and Tung Chung and (v) the South Lantao Rural Committee.
     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 OZP can be viewed at the Town Planning Board's website (www.info.gov.hk/tpb).
Ends/Friday, September 23, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:00
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