Ashley Scott Kelly

Current Statutory Plan Gaps in Hong Kong

Several media outlets recently ran stories on wetland conversion at Tuen Mun's Lung Kwu Tan. The 1.25-hectare site is outside Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) and Development Permission Area (DPA) controls and is nearly 200-meters from a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). While Lung Kwu Tan is one of the largest areas desperately in need of a DPA, several areas throughout Hong Kong lacking such controls pose similar risk to areas of high conservation value.

See SCMP Destruction decried as 1.25-hectare Hong Kong wetland site near butterfly haven is filled in at Tuen Mun's Lung Kwu Tan

The map below, while not fully accurate because of limited data availability, identifies some of the potential conflict areas throughout Hong Kong.

Potential lots outside statutory planning controls
Potential lots outside statutory planning controls