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？
HKU submitted additional information (gist) for their planning application to rezone 1.64 hectares of green belt east of 3 Sassoon Road for a laboratory complex. Early this week, the Planning Department announced it exempted this information from public scrutiny and the Town Planning Board announced it will review the application this Friday.
As HKU only provided a hard copy of the full information, we are hosting a scanned copy on-line below. HKU’s responses to the many comments confirm that there has been NO detailed evaluation of alternative site options. Moreover, the reduction in building height by 2m-5m is entirely negated by allowing roof top structures up to 10% of the building height!
In a letter yesterday to the Town Planning Board and Planning Department (link), we are urging them to allow the public to comment on the new information instead of rushing this through. We are not hopeful anyone is listening.
Additional information submitted by HKU on 15 November 2021
The University of Hong Kong chose not to provide a soft copy.
The documents below are scanned at the Planning Enquiry Counter, using a smartphone.
The objective is to allow residents of Pokfulam to understand the planning application details without having to go to the Planning Enquiry Counters.
香港大學於 15/11/2021 提交的進一步資料
Today, we received notice from Cyberport that the contractor will fence off part of the park on 15 November 2021 to start the Cyberport expansion construction works. Click here for the notice and map. The completion date is set for the end of 2025.