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？
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.
Despite best efforts, the Cyberport Post Office will close down on 17 October 2021 (see previous report link). Many residents have raised concerns over this. We understand that the vacated shop space may be taken up by the 7-11 convenience chain store.
A self-service “Auto Post” has been opened in the office lobby next to McDonald’s where you can buy stamps, collect and send mail. It will operate from 7am to 11pm everyday, starting 15 Oct 2021. Click here for the notice by Hongkong Post. In the meantime, a temporary post box has been placed outside near McDonald's. Collection is daily at 11:45am (except Sunday/Public Holidays).
HK01 has reported extensively on the HKU laboratory project in Pokfulam:
Proposal by HKU: link
Comments from residents: link
Comments from district councillor and resident engineer: link
The HKU has asked the Town Planning Board to defer its application in order to provide more information in response to concerns raised by residents and government departments. HKU has offered to reduce the maximum building height by 5 meters. This is considered meaningless, as the scheme available for approval is merely notional.
The Legislative Council Finance Committee in their meeting on 8 October 2021 approved a HK$56 million budget for site surveys and engineering studies. Only once these have been completed can a realistic scheme be devised for this complicated site. We will continue to urge the Town Planning Board to demand a detailed analyses of costs and benefits of alternative sites. HKU has various sites near the Queen Mary Hospital which it can and should consider.
香港大學的建議及立場: - 連結
居民意見 - 連結
區議員及工程師的意見 - 連結
We received notice that Cyberport will not renew the lease for the Cyberport Post Office. The Post Office will close down on 17 October 2021. A street post box and an iPostal Kiosk will be installed at the ground floor of Core A of Cyberport 3 (next to McDonald's) for self-service mail posting and collection services. We have asked Cyberport what the future use of the Post Office space will be. We will revert once the answer has been received.
HKU is seeking funding for pre-construction design and surveys for a new laboratory complex east of 3 Sassoon Road 港大尋求撥款 - 於沙宣道3號以東興建實驗室大樓
The Food and Health Bureau has submitted a paper to seek $56 million for pre-construction activities for HKU's new laboratory complex. Click here for the paper. The item will be discussed at Legislative Council Public Works Subcommittee on 15 or 17 September 2021. We have written (link) to the Chairman and Members urging them to call for investigation of multiple sites, not just the green belt slopes east of 3 Sassoon Road, for the following reasons:
食物及衞生局向立法會的工務小組委員會遞交了文件，申請五千六百萬的撥款，為香港大學於沙宣道 3 號以東的地段東興建實驗室大樓進行前期工作。委員會會於2021年9月15日或17日討論此撥款申請。我們已去信委員會的主席及委員，促請他們要求香港大學研究多個選址的可行性，而非只是研究沙宣道 3 號以東的綠化地帶，理由如下：