A LEADING member of the Town Planning Board will fire the first shots today in a public campaign to stop further reclamation in Victoria Harbour. Solicitor and board representative Winston Chu Ka-sun will launch the salvo in a speech to an international conference organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University. The aim is to shift the emphasis of development to the New Territories, where vast tracts of land could be developed for a fraction of the environmental and monetary cost. Mr Chu said the Government had resisted attempts to further exploit the New Territories, starving the area of necessary infrastructure, for a simple reason - greed. 'With reclamation, the Government is able to keep the land premium to itself. Obviously if it developed the New Territories the cash will have to be shared with local villagers,' he said. The Planning Department told the conference yesterday the Government would make $5 from land sales of the West Kowloon and Kowloon Bay reclamations for every $1 spent. Mr Chu said there was widespread alarm among the public about the existing reclamation plans, but these were tame compared with future proposals to reclaim areas at Kowloon Point, southeast Kowloon and Green Island. 'The Kowloon Point reclamation will have the greatest adverse impact on the harbour. It will become the narrowest point, reducing the present width from 1,500 metres to just over 800 metres,' he said. 'It will include the whole of Ocean Terminal so that tourists and visitors to Hong Kong will have to disembark elsewhere, perhaps at new piers provided at Green Island or Kwun Tong. It will also be the most visually intrusive.' But there is little time to halt these schemes. The Territory Development Department is selecting engineering consultants to carry out preliminary design studies for both Kowloon Point and southeast Kowloon. Details of the proposed reclamations are contained in a confidential paper prepared for the board by the Planning Department. They more than double the 571 hectares being formed in Central, Wan Chai, West Kowloon, Aldrich Bay and Hunghom. 'Victoria Harbour will become a river all the way from the West Kowloon Reclamation to the Lei Yue Mun Pass,' Mr Chu said. A top international planning specialist backed the campaign yesterday and called for an immediate end to future reclamation. 'Environmentally and from a planning perspective, filling in the harbour won't work,' said University of British Columbia professor Aprodicio Laquian. 'This is a traditional conservative view of urban planning. The Government should rethink the whole approach to reclamation rather than concentrate development in Hong Kong and Kowloon.' He said both the Hong Kong and Chinese governments should work closely to create a development strategy for the whole Pearl River delta rather than work separately from each other. Mr Chu said development could be focused in the New Territories. This could be properly controlled using a combination of the 1991 Town Planning Ordinance and new Planning Department initiatives that outlaw building in sensitive ecological areas. One main area is the Yuen Long-Kam Tin Valley, which could be opened up when the country park section of the Route 3 highway is completed in 1998. The influential Hong Kong Institute of Planners, which ironically includes many government planners as members, also opposes additional reclamation until proper land use studies are done.