Press Release – The destruction of the Plover Cove Country Park approved by the Town Planning Board

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新聞稿 - 2013年9月16日

城規會批准破壞船灣郊野公園

城規會委員於8月9日的會議通過初擬的鎖羅盆分區計劃大綱圖。當中包括一大片「鄉村式發長」土地,相容135間丁屋。漁農自然護理署及其下的郊野公園及海岸公園管理局均沒有提出反對意見,默許未來在郊野公園的不包括土地上有如斯大型的建設。

鎖羅盆這條被遺棄的村落坐落於船灣郊野公園的邊陲,沒有道路或污水渠連接,亦因此成為敏感的生態區域。(欲了解更多有關船灣郊野公園的資料可參閱漁護署的網站
多年以來都沒有收到在鎖羅盆興建小型屋宇申請,似乎土地擁有人均沒有興趣於該地生活。但是,為著自己的制益,村民不顧當地的生態價值,群起抗議,反對保護船灣郊野公園的隨處可見。他們又寫信到城規會,聲稱他們未來會回到村裡生活。村代表毫無根據的指出未來10年需要270棟村屋,即使現有的鄉村式發展土地亦無法滿足他們的需求。
有如此大塊鄉村式發展用地,村民隨即要求興建道路和各項基礎建設。不難想像到未來丁屋這癌細胞會帶同道路和基建由鎖羅盆擴散到船灣郊野公園內的其他地方。可是,在通過這份大綱圖時根本沒有一份建設對鎖羅盆甚或船灣郊野公園的整體性環境評估。
現有的不包括土地烏蛟騰(地圖上的藍色B標示)正正是一個例說明小型屋宇政策帶來的環境破壞。規劃署和漁護署不站起來反抗地政及鄉議局,船灣郊野公園就會淪陷於村屋的石屎癌細胞之中。
香港還有其他選擇。政府以租借農地的價值補償業權人,將這些不包括土地劃入郊野公園。若先規劃為鄉村式發長用地,將會增加賠償的成本。除此,政府亦可考慮以地換地的形式賠償因環境保育而蒙受損失的地主。無論如何,我們都應該盡早站出來阻止村屋對環境進一步的破壞。
Press Release 

The destruction of the Plover Cove Country Park approved by the Town Planning Board
The minutes of the Town Planning Board meeting of 9 August 2013 show that it approved the publication of the Outline Zoning Plan for So Lo Pun with an area for 135 small houses. The Country and Marine Parks Authority – the Director of the Agriculture and Fisheries Department – failed to object to small house developments in So Lo Pun, and failed to stop the invasion of small houses in the Plover Cove Country Park.

So Lo Pun is an abandoned village on the outer edge of the Plover Cove Country Park without road access or sewerage, in an area with a sensitive ecology. Find out more about Plover Cove Country Park at the Government’s own website.

There are no outstanding Small House applications for So Lo Pun as land owners have no interest in living there. But keen to profit from development rights villagers rallied together protesting against conservation with banners throughout the Plover Cove Country Park.

They wrote letters to the Town Planning Board claiming they would return to the village in the future. The village representative estimated an entirely unverifiable 10-year forecast demand of 270 small houses, and an even larger v-zone was included.

So Lo Pun is the first of seven new enclaves to be zoned for small house developments in the Plover Cove Country Park. The future spread of the small house cancer can be seen from the locations of the enclaves. Demands for roads to support the developments are already being made. The Outline Zoning Plan allows for such public works and infrastructure. The environmental impact of the cumulative house and infrastructure developments permitted in So Lo Pun and Plover Cove Country Park as a whole has NOT been assessed before granting approvals.

The existing enclave Wu Kau Tang (Marked B in blue on the map) shows how the environment will degrade under the Small House Policy. With the failure of the Planning Department and the AFCD to stand up to the Lands Department and the Heung Yee Kuk, the small house cancer will be allowed to destroy the Plover Cover Country Park.

The community should reconsider its options. These enclaves of private land can be included in the Country Park, with compensation reflecting the agricultural purpose of the block Government leases. Up-zoning these areas for village house development first will increase the public cost for resumption and compensation. Alternatively, compensation might be considered by means of land exchange to villagers/land owners when their private land is zoned for conservation. Either way, it is not too late for the public to stand up against the small house destruction.