Planning Department updates list of vacant school premises sites reviewed under Central Clearing House mechanism

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19th August 2022 – (Hong Kong)   The Planning Department (PlanD) today announced that the department has updated the report on vacant school premises (VSP) sites reviewed under the Central Clearing House mechanism. The report is now available on the PlanD’s website.
      
The report reflects the results of the latest round of review which examined the long-term use of 14 vacant and to-be-vacant school premises. The review recommends eight of these sites for housing development and the remaining six for Government, Institution or Community (GIC) uses.
      
 The Central Clearing House mechanism was established in 2011 with a view to putting VSP sites to gainful long and short-term uses. Since then, the PlanD has reviewed 250 vacant/to-be-vacant school premises. The majority of VSP sites (161 sites) have already been or will be put to gainful uses, including public housing, transitional housing, GIC and short-term uses by non-governmental organisations. The other 36 sites are available for application for community, institutional or non-profit-making uses on a short-term basis. Six sites are currently not suitable/available for uses due to site constraints or other reasons. The remaining 47 sites are wholly or partly on private land and their utilisation depends on private land owners’ initiatives having regard to the applicable uses in statutory planning terms and lease conditions. Members of the public can contact the relevant managing parties for the latest information on these VSP sites.
      
 The report is available on the PlanD’s website (www.pland.gov.hk/pland_en/info_serv/vsp/index.html) and at the PlanD’s Planning Enquiry Counters located at North Point Government Offices and Sha Tin Government Offices for public viewing.

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