At Pok Fu Lam Road just north of the Queen Mary Hospital new stairs have been built to re-connect with the heritage Pik Shan Path which runs over the old water conduit. You can walk from here to the University of Hong Kong, Hatton Road, and The Peak as well as High West, a climb to 490m.
The old trail through the former Kong Sin Wan village is repaired and open! It runs from Victoria Road, some 200m from the Sassoon Road Roundabout and ends at Kong Sin Wan road near The ISF Academy. Long-time residents approached me on the possibility of repairing this short-cut to Cyberport when I started service as District Councillor for Pokfulam in 2010. Proposals submitted for District Minor Works in March 2011 were endorsed in May 2013 and after many bureaucratic hurdles works started in March 2019.
Additional analyses of visuals impacts and plans for road improvements were released today to the Southern District Council
We are asking for an additional visual impact from the roof of Presidential Towers at Baguio Villas, and for the Traffic Impact Assessment. We made suggestions on road improvements.
Motions were passed calling for associated works including road improvements, MTR station and pedestrian links along the waterfront.
Government is preparing the rezoning of the waterfront area to allow for the development. The procedure will allow for further community input. We expect this to proceed in September.
Presentation to Southern District Council on 18 July 2019
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Southern District Council Papers 27 May 2019
The Financial Secretary has set aside HK$5.5billion in his 2019 Budget to expand Cyberport’s facilities:
“I will earmark $5.5 billion for the development of Cyberport 5. This will serve to attract more quality technology companies and start-ups to set up their offices in Cyberport and provide a pathway for young people to pursue a career in I&T. The expansion project is expected to provide about 66 000 square metres of floor area, and include facilities such as offices, co-working space, conference venues and data service platforms. We will proceed with the statutory town planning procedures with a view to commencing construction in 2021 for completion in 2024 at the earliest.”
This is a significant increase. The existing Cyberport 1 - 4 is 92,000 square metres. The plan received shows that Cyberport 5 will be located in front of the Cyberport Arcade. News reports show the site as 1.6 hectare and a proposed building height of 11 storeys. The hotel is 13 storeys.
In Cyberport’s press release (click here) it is promised that “Cyberport will carry out a series of work to improve the environment and facilities of the existing waterfront park.”
I have asked Cyberport to release detailed plans for public consultation soon.
What do you think? Do you support or object to the plans, or want more information first?
Should government use the expansion to also resolve previous requests from residents (see below). Should anything else be dealt with?
擴建規模頗大，現在數碼港 1至4 座總樓面面積為九萬二千平方米。我們收到的資料顯示數碼港五座選址為商場前方的公園部份，建築物前面將預留空間設置海濱長廊。
Requests from residents put to Cyberport in the past
Waterfront Park maintenance
We now have bins at the refuse collection points at Sassoon Road and at the junction of Victoria Road/Bisney Road, as well as most of the larger residential estates in Pokfulam. Don’t hesitate to contact us with an e-mail in case you have trouble locating the bins.
Over 500 residents made submissions to the Town Planning Board and under the Road Works Ordinance. We are pushing for improvement of the junction of Victoria Road and Pok Fu Lam Road, widening of Victoria Road near Wah Chui Street, and additional goods vehicle parking to get rid of the illegal parking.
Our request for a grade separated junction at Pok Fu Lam Road and Victoria Road is still alive after we proved technical errors with the proposed design.
We are petitioning government to widen Victoria Road between the developments just north of St. Paul’s College Primary School. Building right up to the two site boundaries would forever restrict Victoria Road to two lanes and result in unresolvable congestion during the morning peak.
The Town Planning Board held meetings in May and June 2018 to hear the views of residents, after which they approved the plans for the new developments with various conditions.
- Town Planning Board received a total of 4,334 valid representations (comments from the public), with 1,257 supporting the plan and 3,075 opposing the plan.
- Town Planning Board members were interested in the concerns raised over traffic and the proposed improvement measures.
- Some members of the Town Planning Board said the sites were not within the immediate neighbourhood of Bel-Air.
We will continue to press for improvements through the District Council, and through direct communications with the Housing Authority and the Civil Engineering and Development Department. The work is expected to start in 2020 and will be completed in 2025.
While we support an increase in public housing, there are significant concerns over the planning for the extension of Wah Fu. We have consolidated the comments and created an online petition to the Town Planning Board.
The online petition below is now closed.
Chairman and Members of The Town Planning Board
(By email: email@example.com)
• 都會規劃小組委員會文件5/17 顯示華富原址重建後，樓宇高度將會大幅增加，我們對此表示強烈反對。房署需提供具體及全面的計劃確保原址重建後的樓宇高度不會比現時的為高。
Dear Chairman and Members
I object to the proposed amendments (items A and B) to the Pok Fu Lam Outline Zoning Plan for the following reasons:
- The Housing Department has failed to demonstrate that - although the nearest buildings are over 300m away - the final disposition of the buildings and colour scheme ensure it blends in with the mountain backdrop, and ensures sight lines are maintained for residents along Cyberport Road.
- The height of the buildings planned for Wah Fu North and Wah King Street should be reviewed to reduce the visual impact for existing residents.
- The absence of a comprehensive plan committing to a staggered building heights not taller than the existing buildings. We strongly object to an increase in building height within the original Wah Fu site (as indicated in the MPC paper 5/17).
- The development along Victoria Road near St. Paul’s College Primary School creates a canyon effect and the podia on both side should be set back.
- The development should include parking for trucks and coaches used by residents – so they are no longer park on nearby roads. Note also that existing temporary car parks will disappear and that there is a territorial shortfall of parking facilities for larger vehicles.
- The proposed development lacks a comprehensive plan for footways through the area including to and from nature trails. The development of the site should enhance the ability of the community to enjoy the surrounding vegetated areas.
- The proposal lacks a commitment to upgrading the junction of Victoria Road/ Pok Fu Lam Road. A major upgrade to cope with the additional traffic, as opposed to the upgrade being proposed in the MPC paper 5/17, should be committed to. Note that the land for this has been reserved on the outline zoning plan. Waiting for future traffic to reach capacity is foolish - we should plan ahead.
- A commitment is needed from Government to a program for the planning and implementation of South Island Line (West) and the North Island Line prior to approval of any increase in development.
Photomontage From Cyberport Road Near The Kennels
Development Concept Plan
A revised outline zoning plan for Pokfulam has been gazetted for comments by the Town Planning Board. The changes to the plan are limited to those required to accommodate the redevelopment of Wah Fu Estate by the Housing Authority. Over the last 12 months government has adjusted the plans in response to comments from residents – including our concerns over the efficiency of the junction of Victoria Road and Pokfulam Road. Government also agreed with us on rejecting proposals to use of the valley directly opposite Bel-Air Phase 4-6.
Some 8,900 new units will be completed around 2025-2027. These will be used to decant the old estate prior to redevelopment. The Southern District Council has urged the government to continue to consult the community and to speed up planning for South Island Line (West).
My initial views are 我初步的意見是：
- The junction of Victoria Road/ Pok Fu Lam Road needs a major upgrade to cope with the additional traffic.
- Government needs to commence the planning of South Island Line (West) ASAP.
- The development along Victoria Road near St. Paul’s should be set back to avoid a canyon effect.
- Although the nearest buildings are over 300m away, we want a say over the final design and colour scheme of the buildings to ensure they blend in with the mountain backdrop.
- The height of the buildings at Wah Fu North, Wah King Street and the existing Wah Fu Estate site should be reviewed to reduce the visual impact for existing residents.
The Housing Authority has revised their plans and reduced the development area by 30% to 13 hectares. The number of units is maintained at 8,900 by increasing the height. The target completion date is 2025. The junction of Victoria Road and Pokfulam Road will be upgraded. The revised plans will reduce the traffic impact of the new development for this junction. However, we will continue to pressure for a grade separated junction design. And we are asking for solutions for the shortage of parking facilities for goods vehicles, and a timetable for the South Island (West) MTR line. These plans will be discussed in the District Council next week.
Wah Fu Estate Redevelopment Information leaflet - May 2017
華富邨重建計劃通訊文件 - 2017年5月
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Wah Fu Estate Redevelopment Information leaflet - February 2017
華富邨重建計劃通訊文件 - 2017年2月
The Housing Authority advised this week that a revised master plan for Wah Fu and the extension up the hill towards Chi Fu will be made available in June. They are taking into account concerns expressed by the community. The intention is to update the Pokfulam Outline Zoning Plan before the end of 2017. In the meantime we will ask the Transport and Housing Bureau to redesign the Pok Fu Lam Road/Victoria Road junction to cope with the future increased traffic flow. We will keep you posted with updates when available.
Wah Fu Estate Redevelopment Information leaflet - September 2016
華富邨重建計劃通訊文件 - 2016年9月
The Housing Authority has released new information on their plans for the Wah Fu Estate redevelopment. They have reduced the footprint near Chi Fu. 8,900 units will be built on five sites. Residents from Wah Fu will be transferred to the new sites so that the old estate can be redeveloped starting 2024. I have raised questions over the capacity of the Pok Fu Lam Road/ Victoria Road junction, the timing of the new MTR, and requested better visuals so that Pokfulam residents can better understand the impacts.
New laws comes into effect on 1 January 2019 whereby all vessels must use low sulphur fuel when sailing or berthing in Hong Kong waters. It is expected that the emissions of sulphur dioxide and respirable suspended particulates from Ocean Going Vessels will be reduced by 70%.
另外，由2019年1月1日起，所有船隻在香港水域內 (不論正在航行或停泊)，都必須使用低硫 (low sulphur) 燃料。政府預期遠洋船隻排放的二氧化硫和可吸入懸浮粒子會減少約70%。
A 38-year-old father accidentally slipped down the cliff and died last weekend (news link - Chinese only). Please note that the crossing over the waterfall is unsafe during rainy season as it is prone to flashfloods. Please note my column on this in AM730. You can support my call for a proper footbridge for a safe pedestrian crossing – click here.
瑪麗醫院新醫院大樓天台直升機坪的環境影響評估報告現已供市民供市民查閱。預計直升機坪會於2024年啓用及每日平均處理一至兩班直升機。。公眾諮詢的截止日期為2017年3月4日，請歡迎於限期前電郵我們 firstname.lastname@example.org 發表意見，你亦直接向環保署發表意見：email@example.com。
Thank you for taking part in the survey, we have received over 600 responses. We have passed the survey results to the consultant for their analysis.
[22 November 2016]
Cyberport has commissioned a consultancy study into the tenant mix and need for structural changes. To gather shoppers' views, Knight Frank will be conducting surveys at the shopping mall. You can submit your views online:
The survey has over 30 questions. Use this opportunity to express your views on our local shopping mall. Deadline is 6 December 2016.