Town Planning

Public Housing

At present, 8 public rental estates, 7 HOS and 4 PSPS have been completed to accommodate about 166,200 persons in the Fanling/ Sheung Shui new town. The first public rental housing estate in the Fanling/Sheung Shui new town, Choi Yuen Estate, was completed in 1982. Major public housing estates are planned within walking distance from railway stations and/or major bus termini to facilitate accessibility. In addition, a wide range of community facilities will also be provided in different estates to meet the needs of the community. There are adequate provisions of education and community facilities such as schools, children and youth centres and open spaces in existing and planned housing estates.

  • Public Housing Development
  • Private Housing Development

Private Permanent Housing

Opportunities are provided within the new town area for private residential developments under various densities. High density residential developments will be concentrated on sites close to major transport routes in the new town, and low density residential uses will be accommodated at fringe areas and adjoining rural settlements.

Upon full development, the new town is expected to accommodate about 52,223 persons in private permanemt housing units but excluding village houses and institutional quarters. Most of the residents will be accommodated in high density residential or composite commercial/residential developments in the Luen Wo Hui, Shek Wu Hui, and developments in the vicnicity of the railway stations. The remaining population will be accommodated in medium to low density developments located at the periphery of the new town and the adjoining countryside.

Village Type Development

There are nine recognised villages within the Fanling/Sheung Shui new town amongst which Fanling Wai and Sheung Shui Heung are the largest settlements. About 76 ha of land has been reserved for village type development within Fanling/Sheung Shui new town and 286 ha of land has been designated for the same purpose in the remaining areas covered by the rural outline zoning plans in the North District. Traditional villages have different development characteristics in terms of density, design and landscape amenity as compared to other residential development areas in Fanling/Sheung Shui new town.

Comprehensive village layout plans have been prepared for some villages to guide developments within village areas to ensure orderly development and effective provision of associated infrastructure.

Economic Activities

Agriculture was once the economic base for the Fanling/Sheung Shui areas. Since 1970s, traditional farming activities gradually dispersed from the town centre. Nonetheless, agricultural activities still continue in other rural areas especially around Lung Yeuk Tau, Ta Kwu Ling, Man Uk Pin and Luk Keng.

Economic development has transformed the new town into a cross-boundary trade centre. Trading activities have flourished in the past decade taking full advantage of the strategic location and good accessibility of the new town, commercial-office building, has been developed, adjacent to the Sheung Shui railway station, to provide commercial floor spaces in meeting the needs of the industry.

Retail Activities

Apart from the commercial areas near the two railway stations, the two traditional markets, namely Luen Wo Hui and Shek Wu Hui, continue to function as major retailing and marketing centres serving both the new town and its rural hinterland. Local shopping centres and market facilities are provided in all public housing estates for the convenience of local residents.

Industrial Uses

Most of the industrial activities are accommodated in On Lok Tsuen and the area west of Shek Wu Hui. On Lok Tsuen industrial area covering an area of 34 ha has been established as the key industrial base in the Fanling/Sheung Shui area. In recent years, with the rapid economic development in the southern part of China, On Lok Tsuen also contributes significantly to the cross-boundary trades, providing extensive floor space for light industry and godown uses. Another key industrial area has been designated to the north of the Sheung Shui railway station, north of the Tsung Pak Long Village, to meet the changing industrial requirements and activities of the area.

  • Commercial-Office Building near
    Sheung Shui Railway Station
  • Aerial View of On Lok Tsuen Industrial Area
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