Study Overview 

 

Background

Yuen Long South, being part of the Yuen Long Plain, was once extensively occupied for agricultural use and rural settlements. Over the years, Yuen Long South has been transformed with a lot of abandoned agricultural land, open storage, rural industrial workshops and warehouses intermingled with some villages and other settlements.

1960s/70s : Agricultural Market Town

The rich and fertile soil in the alluvial plain made Yuen Long Plain famous for paddy production. The main cluster of settlements was first established around Yuen Long Kau Hui. The same character was found in Yuen Long South, where indigenous villages, other rural settlements and extensive farmland were located.

1980s - Present : New Town Development

Yuen Long New Town was developed around Yuen Long Kau Hui to accommodate rapid population growth in the territory. Yuen Long South was not covered in the New Town Development Programme. With the decline in agriculture, it has been gradually proliferated with haphazard open storage yards, warehouses, workshops and industrial uses.

Current : Rural Environment

Yuen Long South is now generally rural in character with a mixture of land uses including villages and residential settlements, agricultural land, open storage yards, warehouses, workshops, industrial operations and unused land. Proliferation of open storage yards, warehouses, workshops and industrial uses has resulted in degradation of the rural environment. There is a need to better utilise the degraded brownfield land for beneficial uses to meet the territory’s demand and to improve the living environment in Yuen Long South.


Policy Address

With the growing concern on the territorial housing demand, the Policy Address has announced to review the Yuen Long area for housing purposes.

2011-12 Policy Address

“To explore the possibility of converting into housing land some...agricultural land in...Yuen Long currently used mainly for industrial purposes or temporary storage, or which is deserted.”

2013 Policy Address

“To expedite the review of agricultural land in…Yuen Long currently used mainly for industrial purposes or temporary storage, or which is deserted...can be released for housing development as soon as possible.”

2014 Policy Address

“...Yuen Long have...agricultural land mainly used for industrial purposes or temporary storage, or which is deserted. The Government has identified...sites for planning and engineering studies...for housing development...”