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Conceptual Spatial Framework

To translate the building blocks into spatial planning terms, a clear framework focusing on future development with a metropolitan business core, two strategic growth areas and three primary development axes is proposed

Conceptual Spatial Framework

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1 Metropolitan Business Core

  • CBD1
    High value-added financial services and advanced producer services

  • CBD2
    Transform Kowloon East into CBD2 as an alternative locational  choice for enterprises

  • CBD3
    Create CBD3 at the proposed East Lantau Metropolis (ELM) near Hong Kong Island West as a new and smart financial and producer services hub strongly tied to the airport and Hong Kong’s connector function in the region


- Three complementary CBDs together with secondary nodes to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a global financial and business hub

- Land and space for businesses to move up the value chain, to expand and to start up

1 Metropolitan Business Core

2 Strategic Growth Areas (SGA)

  • East Lantau Metropolis(ELM)
  • New Territories North(NTN)


- Comprehensive planning with a good mix of uses and facilities

- Quality  living, work places and business environment

- Economic vitality

- Better home-job balance

- Thriving community

- Balance with nature

2 Strategic Growth Areas
  • Eastern Lantau Metropolis (ELM)

    Bridge Hong Kong Island and Lantau and create a new metro-front by developing a metropolis with a CBD mainly through reclamation in the ecologically less sensitive waters near Kau Yi Chau and the Hei Ling Chau Typhoon Shelter; and making better use of the under-utilised land in Mui Wo

East Lantau Metropolis

Development Area: ~1,000 ha
Population: ~400k-700k
Employment: ~ 200k

*Development phasing and scale to be decided

    • Capitalise on the overall westward shift of the regional development

    • Create a new platform to leverage development potential spurred by the new and improved transport connections to the Pearl River Delta east and west
  • New Territories North (NTN)

    A new generation new town at Heung Yuen Wai/Ping Che/Ta Kwu Ling/Hung Lung Hang/Queen’s Hill and two potential development areas at San Tin/Lok Ma Chau and Man Kam To

    • Comprehensive planning

    • Efficient use of brownfield sites and abandoned agricultural land

    • Foster urban-rural-
      ture integration

New Territories North

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Development Area: ~720ha
Population: ~255k or ~350k
Employment: ~ 215k

*Development phasing and scale to be decided

New Territories North New Town

An integrated community of new industrial productions (possible Science Park/ Industrial Estate) and urban living with residential and community facilities in support of new anchor uses related to knowledge and technology

San Tin/ Lok Ma Chau Development Node

A balanced community with cross-boundary commercial/ retail facilities close to the Lok Ma Chau Boundary Control Point (BCP)

Man Kam To Logistics Corridor

An agri-logistics consolidation and certification area for food before distribution and other modern logistics to capitalise on its proximity to the Man Kam To BCP

3 Emerging Development Axes
  • Western Economic Corridor
  • Eastern Knowledge and Technology Corridor
  • Northern Economic Belt


- Strategic positioning to cater for different economic sectors

- Capitalise on locational advantages and the synergy

3 Emerging Development Axes
  • Western Economic Corridor

    Capitalise on the international and regional gateway and strategic transport infrastructure in West Hong Kong, and increasing economic activities and employment in Hung Shui Kiu, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long South and various developments in North Lantau
Western Economic Corridor
  • Eastern Knowledge and Technology Corridor

    • Capitalise on the existing high technology and knowledge-based industries and tertiary institutions

    • Strengthen the corridor by additional knowledge and technology developments proposed in Tsueng Kwan O, Kwu Tung North, Lok Ma Chau Loop, Ma Liu Shui and near the future Liantang/ Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point
Eastern Knowledge and Technology Corridor
  • Northern Economic Belt

    • Comprise six boundary crossings and an additional one under construction, as well as NTN development.

    • Suitable for warehousing, research & development, modern logistics and other emerging industries to create new employment centres in the northern New Territories
Northern Economic Belt

Supporting Transport Network

  • Proposed Northwest New Territories (NWNT) – Lantau-Metro Transport Corridor connects ELM internally, and Hong Kong Island West, Kowloon West, North Lantau, and further with Northwest New Territories with railways and/or highways

  • Proposed North-South  Transport Corridor connects northeast New Territories  with Kowloon. Northern Link would serve the NTN development in the west. New railway scheme and improvement of north-south road linkage would be required depending on the scale of NTN development


- Enhance urban mobility and transport networks

- Enhance connectivity between metro core and Lantau

- Alternative connection to the airport and NWNT

Supporting Transport Network

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