At its meeting today (December 9), the Land and Development Advisory Committee (LDAC) was briefed on the Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area (HSK NDA) Project and Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital's (HKSH) proposed development of an advanced medical centre in Shau Kei Wan.
On the HSK NDA Project, Members noted that the Government had formulated a Preliminary Outline Development Plan (PODP), which will provide about 446 hectares of developable land. The proposals under the PODP will accommodate a new town of a population of about 218 000 (including a new population of about 175 000), about 60 000 additional flats and 100 000 job opportunities.
Members learnt that the HSK NDA would be developed into a multi-functioned development node with a variety of housing types, business and employment opportunities. A major town centre with a regional shopping centre cum hotels and offices and other commercial activities would take shape in the vicinity of the proposed West Rail HSK Station, serving not just the NDA but the wider North West New Territories region.
Members also noted that an area of about 72 hectares located in the northwestern part of the NDA would be reserved for a Logistics and Technology Quarter designated for "Special Industry" so as to accommodate logistics land uses as well as to provide flexible space for Information Technology and Telecommunications industries, including data centre, testing and certification facilities and business uses.
Members generally supported the HSK NDA Project, noting its strategic importance in terms of housing, community and economic development. They suggested the Administration to take into account views and comments from relevant parties in mapping out the details.
In today's meeting, Members also considered a proposal by HKSH to develop at its own costs a medical centre (known as the HKSH Eastern District Advanced Medical Centre) within an industrial lot it owns at A Kung Ngam, Shau Kei Wan.
Members noted that the proposed medical centre will house a 24-hour outpatient clinic and one-stop ambulatory care services, in addition to the provision of a comprehensive range of cancer treatment services including an advanced radiotherapy known as proton therapy first introduced to Hong Kong. The other services to be supplied by the proposed medical centre will include advanced diagnostics at discounted fee for patients referred by Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, as well as educational and awareness activities on cancer and other disease prevention and management.
Members in general supported the project and agreed that it would alleviate the demand for outpatient services in the Eastern District and contribute to the advancement of the healthcare sector in Hong Kong by bringing in new medical technology. They welcomed HKSH's initiatives to incorporate into the proposed medical centre various services beneficial to the local people in Eastern District.
Ends/Monday, December 9, 2013
Issued at HKT 21:08