Northern Metropolisi

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor laid down the blueprint for the Northern Metropolis in her 2021 policy address. The scheme, repackaged and expanded from an existing new town plan, involves the development of an IT hub in northern New Territories near the border with mainland China, construction of up to 186,000 homes and a new cross-border railway linking the city to the Qianhai economic zone in Shenzhen.

The plan, which would take 20 years to deliver, is seen as a major strategic change for development, moving the city's centre away from Hong Kong Island to the north, to integrate the city into the latest national development plan.

  • Drug maker says it hopes to expand workforce at the research and development centre to around 100 in next five years
  • R&D facility in the Lok Ma Chau Loop technology hub will be the first of its kind in the city

Owners can keep land earmarked for new town and build according to zoning uses, but they will be required to pay premium, development chief Bernadette Linn says.


Finance chief assures stakeholders that government has no plans to raise salary and profits taxes, expresses confidence in efforts to bring in companies to boost revenue.


A committee to be headed by finance chief Paul Chan with an associated office will advise on ‘feasible investment and financing options’ for mega projects, policy address says


Seamless immigration clearance at Fulin Small Boundary Control Point will improve travel for professionals, Undersecretary for Security Michael Cheuk says.

City’s Security Bureau ‘actively’ exploring cooperation with Shenzhen authorities to speed up immigration procedures at crossing points for I&T professionals.

Development chief Bernadette Linn tells lawmakers that enterprises could move into Northern Metropolis by 2030, followed by residents, triggering questions on plan’s feasibility.

Nine organisations say the planned San Tin Technopole plan could endanger 117 bird species of special conservation value, including critically endangered ones.

Given 90 hectares of wetland will be ‘sacrificed’ for San Tin Technopole project, government should explain details for new conservation park, member of town planning board says.