Development of Lok Ma Chau Loop

An application for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study brief to proceed with the EIA study for the development of Lok Ma Chau Loop and its adjacent areas in Hong Kong was submitted today (December 31) to the Director of Environmental Protection by the New Territories North and West Development Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) under section 5.(1)(a) of the EIA Ordinance.

The project, to be jointly studied by CEDD and Planning Department, comprises the developments and infrastructure within the loop and the adjacent areas in Hong Kong. The loop, with an area of about 84 hectares, is planned for higher education as the leading land use with some elements of high-tech research and development facilities and creative industries.

The proposed land uses would provide impetus for human resources development in the South China region and enhance the competitiveness of the Pearl River Delta, as well as benefit the long-term economic growth of the two cities. The study is planned to begin in mid-2009 for completion at the end of 2011, while the construction works are tentatively scheduled to start in 2015.

Ends/Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Issued at HKT 11:11