TPB still weighing Pui O caravan park after more than 250 responses
A plan to convert part of Pui O wetland into a caravan park is still under consideration by the Town Planning Board (TPB), three months after the original deadline.
TPB has given the owner, the JK Group, three extensions as it has responded to objections to its plans to build a caravan park and hobby farm across more than 1ha of wetland between Pui O and Ham Tin.
The TBP has received 252 comments on the plan since it was filed on May 16.
The site of the holiday camp covers wetland that provides critical habitat for the Ham Tin buffalo herd, flying in the face of the government’s intention to protect it.
The Sustainable Lantau Blueprint, unveiled in June, includes preservation of the Pui O wetland as part of its conservation plan.
After the original deadline of June 23 the deadline for public comment and submissions from the applicant was extended to July 28, after which the JK Group updated its traffic assessment and sewage facility proposal.
The deadline was then put back to August 18, when the company submitted new plans for tree preservation and landscaping and “further justifications on excavation of land for sewage facilities.”
The TPB received 136 comments before the initial deadline, 86 following the first extension and 30 after the second extension.
The current deadline for comments is September 29. The TPB has set a tentative date for discussion on October 27.
The JK Group owns a number of Pui O businesses , including Garden Plus, Garden Cafe, JK Properties and JK Club.