Planning Department reveals recommendations for long-term use of vacant school premises sites

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27th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Planning Department (PlanD) announced today the completion of its latest review, which examined the long-term use of four school premises sites in accordance with the Central Clearing House (CCH) mechanism. The review results, along with a comprehensive report, are now accessible on the PlanD’s official website (www.pland.gov.hk/pland_en/resources/vsp/index.html) and can be viewed at the Planning Enquiry Counters located at the North Point Government Offices and the Sha Tin Government Offices for public scrutiny.

The four sites under evaluation, including one site that underwent re-examination, are situated in the Eastern, Southern, Wan Chai, and Tai Po Districts. Three of these sites have been recommended for government, institution, or community (G/IC) uses in the long term, while the remaining site has been proposed for residential purposes.

Since the establishment of the CCH mechanism in 2011, the PlanD has reviewed a total of 259 vacant or to-be-vacant school premises sites, including the aforementioned four sites. Out of these, 41 sites have been recommended for public or private residential use, while 193 sites have been earmarked for retention as G/IC facilities. The remaining 25 sites, which are former village schools located within village areas in the New Territories, have been suggested for continued use as village-type developments, rural spaces, or open areas in the long term.

As of December 2023, a majority of the reviewed sites (157 sites) have already been or will be utilized according to the recommended long-term uses, including public and private housing, as well as various G/IC purposes. Another 52 sites are open for applications by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) seeking short-term beneficial community use (relevant organizations can refer to the “GeoInfo Map” website at www.map.gov.hk/gm/map/search/faci/__VGS?lg=en). However, there is one site for which the availability for short-term use requires further confirmation. As for the remaining 49 sites, they are predominantly situated on private land, and their utilization will depend on the initiatives of private landowners, taking into account the applicable uses defined by statutory planning terms and lease conditions. The public is advised to contact the relevant managing parties for the latest information regarding these sites.