Increasing Development Intensity of "Village Type Development" Zones
What is a "Village Type Development"?
At present, there are around 700 "Village Type Development" ("V") zones as stipulated in statutory town plans. Among them are a total of 642 recognised villages, mostly in the NT.
"V" zones, covering a total area of around 3,380 ha, are primarily intended for development of small houses by indigenous villagers. The development intensity of "V" zones is by nature low. In drawing up "V" zones, the authority will consider a range of planning factors, including the existing villages and Village Environs (VEs), the local topography, the existing settlement pattern, site characteristics and the surrounding environment, environmental constraints, as well as the estimate of demand for small houses in the coming 10 years. The boundaries of "V" zones may not necessarily coincide with those of VEs.
Areas of "Village Type Development" Zones by District Council
(as at end-November 2017)
|District||Total Area (ha)|
|Yuen Long District||1,236|
|Tai Po District||448|
|Sai Kung District||349|
|Tuen Mun District||226|
|Sha Tin District||219|
|Tsuen Wan District||96|
|Kwai Tsing District||20|
|Kwun Tong District||8|
|Wong Tai Sin District||1|
- The Small House Policy has been in place since 1972. Under the Policy, in general, a male indigenous villager aged 18 or above who is descended through the male line from a resident in 1898 of a recognised village in the NT may apply to the authority for permission to build for himself a small house on a suitable site within his own village once during his lifetime. Each building is restricted to three storeys (8.23 metres (m)), with a roofed-over area not exceeding 65.03 sq. m.
- In general, the construction of small houses is restricted to areas within the "VE" delineated administratively, as well as the "V" zones as stipulated in statutory town plans, provided that the "V" zones encircle or overlap with the VE. VE refers to the area within a 300-foot radius from the edge of the last Village Type House built in the recognised village before the introduction of the Small House Policy on 1 December 1972.