Artificial island proposed off Lantau

Plans for an artificial island between Hong Kong and Lantau are progressing, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has revealed.

The Standard reported Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po said the project could accommodate 400,000 to 700,000 people within the next 15 years.

He said the government has moved on the long-term strategic planning for the island and wants to develop a core business district on the island.

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Plans for the artificial island were first revealed in Chief Executive CY Leung's policy address last year.

Mr Chan said its design is still at an initial stage and that a public consultation will be conducted.

He said the island may form an East Lantau Metropolis together with other projects such as the third airport runway, Airport North Business District and Tung Chung new town.

The Standard reported that Save Lantau Alliance convener Eddie Tse Sai-kit said the group expects the scope of the consultation to be limited within practical arrangements and specific land use rather than one that engages the public in core discussions of the development direction.

"Not many people in Hong Kong are concerned about the public space of the sea," Tse said.

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