Resumption of land for urban renewal projects in Ma Tau Kok and To Kwa Wan gazetted

The Lands Department today (December 4) announced the resumption of land for two urban renewal projects of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) at Pak Tai Street/Mok Cheong Street, Ma Tau Kok, and Chi Kiang Street/Ha Heung Road, To Kwa Wan.

The two projects are included in the URA's Business Plan for 2007/08. Their implementation will help to revitalise these two old districts and improve the living conditions of the residents.

A total of 115 private interests of the two sites, 54 in Ma Tau Kok and 61 in To Kwa Wan, will be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. The affected interests will revert to the Government three months from the date of the resumption notice being affixed on site.  Details of the private land affected are gazetted today.

Apart from their entitlement to statutory compensation, eligible owners of domestic properties will be offered an ex-gratia home purchase allowance or supplementary allowance as appropriate.

Eligible domestic occupiers will be offered rehousing in the Hong Kong Housing Authority or Hong Kong Housing Society units, or an ex-gratia cash allowance.  Eligible commercial property occupiers may choose ex-gratia allowance in lieu of the right to make statutory claims for business and related losses.

Affected owners and tenants have the right to make statutory claims under the Lands Resumption Ordinance. If the claims are not settled by agreement, the owners and tenants may apply to the Lands Tribunal for adjudication.  Any professional fees reasonably incurred for making such claims may be reimbursed by the Government.  

Upon completion of the resumption and clearance, the two sites with respective areas of about 776 square metres and 931 square metres will be granted to the URA to develop on each site a residential development with retail uses on the lower floors in accordance with the extant statutory plan prepared under the Town Planning Ordinance.


Ends/Friday, December 4, 2009
Issued at HKT 15:00