Date
11 December 2017
A plan to build village houses in Hoi Ha Wan in Sai Kung will destroy the area's fragile ecosystem and natural beauty, environmental groups insist. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board
A plan to build village houses in Hoi Ha Wan in Sai Kung will destroy the area's fragile ecosystem and natural beauty, environmental groups insist. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board

Green groups oppose village home projects in New Territories

In another case highlighting the conflict between local villagers and environmentalists in Hong Kong, the Town Planning Board has scheduled meetings over three days until Wednesday to hear proposals to construct small houses on a combined 9.09 hectares of land in three villages in the New Territories.

The projects are in Hoi Ha Wan and Pak Lap in Sai Kung and So Lo Pun in the northeastern New Territories.

Those opposing the construction plans include Civic Party legislator Kenneth Chan Ka-lok; Michael Lau, World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong’s senior head of local biodiversity and regional wetlands program; and Designing Hong Kong chief executive Paul Zimmerman.

Building about 300 homes in the three villages will destroy the fragile ecosystems in those areas, not to mention the natural beauty of the surroundings, Chan told local media.

The board has so far received 10,000 letters opposing the projects, or 10 times the number of petitions supporting them, and as such, the government has no choice but to reject the development plans, said Chan.

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