Chinachem's contractor has started removing the scaffolding of Victoria Garden. They expect the removal works to be completed by the end of August 2022. The remaining renovation works will be completed by October 2022. It is yet unclear whether the properties will be sold or let out. With the change in interest rates, developers are changing their disposal strategies.
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爭議：薄扶林圖書館的臨時選址 vs 永久選址
（中文版本 - 連結）
Wah Fu Estate redevelopment
The first phase of the redevelopment of Wah Fu Estate is the construction of five additional public housing sites near Wah Fu to decant the existing residents. Site formation works began in 2021 along Victoria Road and Pok Fu Lam Road. It is expected that the majority of Wah Fu Estate residents will have moved over by 2031. Next, the existing Wah Fu Estate will be redeveloped. A net increase of 35,000 residents is expected in the area by 2041-44. The new MTR line from Wong Chuk Hang, via Aberdeen, Tin Wan, Wah Fu, Cyberport and Queen Mary Hospital to HKU is expected to open at the same time.
LCSD will relocate Pok Fu Lam library to Kai Lung Wan North
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has decided to relocate the Pok Fu Lam Library (currently in Wah Chun House) to Kai Lung Wan North ahead of the demolition of Wah Fu. See district council paper here.
The dispute: Temporary vs permanent location of the Pok Fu Lam library
In LCSD's point of view, Ka Lung Wan North will be the new permanent location for the library. We disagree. While we do not object moving the library temporarily up the mountain and across Pok Fu Lam Road, once the Wah Fu MTR station is built the library must move back to the heart of Wah Fu at or near the new station. Doing so will benefit the greatest number of people.
Kai Lung Wan North is the wrong location for a public library
LCSD's decision to move the Pok Fu Lam library permanently Kai Lung Wan is wrong. First, it does not take into account the population distribution beyond 2040. By 2040, Kai Lung Wan, where the new library will be situated, only houses 5,610 residential units. In contrast, the redeveloped Wah Fu estate, the new decanting sites and the Wah Kwai area will house a total of 20,968 units. Second, Kai Lung Wan North is hard to reach for most residents in the vicinity. It lies up the mountain above Pok Fu Lam Road.
Locate the Pok Fu Lam library at the future centre of Wah Fu
Moving the library to Kai Lun Wan North should only be temporary while redevelopment of Wah Fu proceeds. Government should set out clearly now, that the future permanent location of the Pok Fu Lam Library will be at the heart of Wah Fu near or on top of the MTR station. In that location, the library can offer convenient services to the majority of the residents of Pokfulam, Wah Fu and Wah Kwai.
Support the call for locating the Pok Fu Lam library at the future Wah Fu Station
Click here to sign the petition. The system will generate an email to the relevant government bureax and departments.
Plans for the development of “Deep Technology Research Facilities” by The University of Hong Kong in Pokfulam were announced in the Policy Address on 6 October 2021 (link for our earlier report). An area of 4 hectares is targeted between Pok Fu Lam Road and Victoria Road – from upper Baguio Villa to connect with the HKU facilities planned near Sassoon Road. We recently met with HKU to learn more about the plans. They are in the process of acquiring consultants to assist with planning for the development site identified by government (below). The target development plot ratio is set at 5.
2021年10月6日的施政報告，政府表示會為香港大學預留 4 公頃「綠化地帶」的土地以興建深科技研發大樓（早前報導：連結）。位置介乎於薄扶林道與域多利道之間的斜坡，由上碧瑤以北伸延到港大於沙宣道擬建的新大樓，目標地積比率為5。我們最近與港大會面了解項目進度，他們現正聘請顧問公司協助進行前期的規劃及諮詢工作。
In response to our request for early consultation, HKU agreed to reach out to the Pokfulam community after the summer to receive input before developing detailed plans. In line with comments received, we have expressed concerns over traffic impacts, the loss of sightlines for residents nearby and the further loss of green space in Pokfulam following the approved medical laboratory building east of 3 Sassoon Road.
Government is consulting the community over a footbridge to replace the informal link between Waterfall Bay Park and Cyberport Road. Residents and visitors currently use a simple set of iron rods which easily flood during rainy season. The proposed bridge provides a safer connection. In June 2017, over 400 residents signed a petition urging the government to speed up the plans following the tragic death of a young father who slipped from the top of the waterfall (news link). Similar accidents in March 2006 and August 2008 took the lives of a 32 year old male and a 20 year old female respectively.
You can give your comment by returning the reply slip (link) to the Southern District Office on or before 25 May 2022, or by emailing my office firstname.lastname@example.org.
A section in the middle of Cyberport Waterfront Park has been fenced off (red circle). The large banyan tree located in the construction site (blue circle) will be transplanted. After transplanting the tree will remain fenced for 12 months. Please click here for the notice.
(Photo - After transplanting 相片 - 移植後）
Aiming to make the public play spaces more creative, fun and user-friendly in meeting the needs and expectation of the public, the Government proposed to renovate over 170 public play spaces managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) by phases.
Click here to take part in their questionnaire, creative writing competition and drawing competition. Your children may be interested in the latter. Deadline is 25 March 2022.
We have received complaints about the park and noise related to the construction of Cyberport 5. We have reminded Cyberport of best practices in community liaison for major projects such as dedicated website; regular project newsletters; and community liaison meetings where Cyberport can give an update, and the community can raise questions and suggestions. We have proposed to limit the working hours for noisy activities, and to reconnect the walking paths as in the picture above.
Despite objections from over 900 residents, the Metro Planning Committee of Town Planning Board approved HKU's planning application to rezone 1.64 hectares of green belt east of 3 Sassoon Road for a laboratory complex on 26 November 2021. You may click here for the minutes. The Planning Department will now revise the Outline Zoning Plan for Pokfulam for public consultation.
When responding to a question from a board member, Dean of Medicine Professor Gabriel Leung said in Cantonese: "This land, actually it was the Chief Executive coming to HKU Medical School, she pointed it out to me. I don't think anyone else would know better than her, as she used to be the Secretary for Development" (2:04:11 of the audio recording). This information was omitted from the meeting minutes. We have written to remind the Town Planning Board secretariat (link).
The Incorporated Owners of Yee On at Northcote Close have submitted two applications to the Town Planning Board in response to the HKU’s plans for a large laboratory complex on the neighbouring green belt.
According to the applicant: “Please note that the application is providing an alternative solution to HKU expansion, and not objecting to it. Note that the whole character of the area is changing because of the huge HKU development and that the low density Northcote Close residential development is no longer compatible. With the expansion of HKU it should be rezoned to "Government, Institution or Community" to make a logical extension of the university, or to be rezoned for a medium density residential development.”
Find out more? Unlike Cyberport and HKU, the owners of Yee On have made their application available on-line here. You can express support, comments or objections to the Town Planning Board via this link before 31 December 2021. Do let us know what you think via email@example.com
Earlier this year, remains of an old section of Pok Fu Lam road was discovered at the construction site for a new public housing block above Victoria Road next to St Paul's College Primary School. Retaining walls became visible when the Civil Engineering and Development Department cleared vegetation as part of site formation. Government halted the works and conducted a Heritage Impact Study. Only small sections of the original retaining walls were found under new retaining walls built on top. The study concludes that it is not feasible to retain these without major changes to the proposed development. The study proposes to salvage some of the stones and "incorporate an interpretation of the Old Pok Fu Lam Road at future housing site, if possible". We have expressed our disappointment with the lack of a specific commitment as it left for the Housing Department to consider the proposals. Click here for the full report including pictures and history of the old Pok Fu Lam Road.
Ebenezer School & Home for the Visually Impaired has submitted an application (Y/H10/14) to the Town Planning Board to seek permission to rezone as a residential site providing 83 flats and 100 parking spaces.
The proposed maximum height is 151mpd, similar to the existing roof height of the school building. The negotiation has taken more than 10 years and involved rezoning submissions in 2007, 2008 and 2011. The developer will build a new school in Tung Chung (expected completion: 2025) after which the Pok Fu Lam site will be redeveloped for residential use.
Click here for Town Planning Board details. Deadline for comments is 24 December 2021.
Click here for the Planning Statement will full details.
The Policy Address on 6 October 2021 included a reference to allocating a 4-hectare site currently zoned “Green Belt” in Pokfulam to the University of Hong Kong for deep technology research facilities. We wrote to ask the Innovation & Technology Bureau for details. In their reply (link) they explained the site would be in the vicinity of the Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired, and that details are subject to further study. We have since asked them to consult the community and the Southern District Council before developing the proposal any further, as already so much green space in Pokfulam is lost to recent developments for Wah Fu Estate, Cyberport and HKU. Checks and balances appear to be lost in the relentless development of Pokfulam.
今年10月6日的施政報告提及於薄扶林為港大預留 4 公頃現屬「綠化地帶」的土地興建深科技研發大樓。我們早前向創新及科技局作出查詢，最近局方回覆（連結）選址位於心光盲人院暨學校附近，詳情有待進一步研究。我們再次去信創科局，表明區內因華富邨重建、數碼港擴建及港大醫學院擴建等已失去多幅綠化地帶及空間。我們促請局方於研究方案前先諮詢南區區議會及社區。接二連三的大型發展項目不禁令人擔憂：監察與制衡的機制在哪裡？