DEVELOPMENT

New town at Hung Shui Kiu will create 150,000 jobs and improve environment, Hong Kong’s town planning chief says

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 September, 2015, 2:01pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 September, 2015, 6:01pm

The proposal to build a new town in Hung Shui Kiu in Hong Kong’s northwestern New Territories can improve the environment and create jobs for residents, the head of town planning said today.

Under the plan, 714 hectares of Hung Shui Kiu – an area now dominated by rural villages and open storage facilities – will be turned into a new town with high-rise housing and commercial developments.

Director of Planning Ling Kar-kan said today that the area was now mainly home to machinery repair workshops and storage facilities, which caused environmental problems.

”If you look at the area from an aeroplane, you can see the current situation is not quite satisfactory,” he said.

“We think we can provide a proposal to improve their operations.” One idea is to move these facilities into multi-storey industrial compounds.

Ling, speaking during a DBC radio talk show, said Hung Shui Kiu, located near the Kong Sham Western Highway to Shenzhen, would attract companies wanting quick access to mainland China to set up offices there.

“We estimate companies with close business ties with the mainland will consider Hung Shui Kiu as having an edge,” he said.

The government plans to house an additional 173,000 people in 60,100 new flats in Hung Shui Kiu, half of which will be public housing. The development will provide 150,000 new jobs, 50 per cent more than the figure stated in the last consultation.

Ling said the northwestern New Territories would be one of the main population growth areas in Hong Kong, but there was no other large shopping mall in the area, apart from those in Tuen Mun town centre.

He expected that opening new commercial developments would help create jobs for much of the additional population.