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Residents alarmed by Tung Chung rezoning plans

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Several open areas in Tung Chung, including parks, will be repurposed for residential use, as revealed in an amended draft of the Tung Chung Town Centre Area zoning plan.

A Facebook user residing in Tung Chung posted the plan in the Tung Chung Community group on the morning of March 8, drawing reactions from other residents. 32 amendments were made. An accompanying graph indicates where some of the dramatic changes are set to take place.

Some items of concern include rezoning open areas occupied by Tung Chung Crescent, Sea View Crescent, Coastal Skyline, and Caribbean Coast into residential spaces.

An explanatory statement at the end of the zoning plan states that according to a 2011 census, the total population spanning public and private estates as well as existing village clusters amounted to 78,000 people. Taking into account the latest development proposals, the total planned population for the area is set at 120,800.

Residents have expressed numerous concerns, including added pollution brought about by increased population density and the disappearance of greeneries, to be replaced by concrete.

Some have compared the new developments akin to the landscape of Tsim Sha Tsui or Tin Shui Wai. Others cited that the neighbourhood’s children will lose much of the space they currently use for playtime. Homeowners have also voiced disapproval over the lack of consultation, as the development is likely to affect property values.

An online petition in Chinese objecting to the rezoning scheme was also put up yesterday.

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