IT Voice sent letters to both the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) and the Lands Department (LD) to air our concerns on the recent attempt of the LD to change the use of the piece of land near the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.
Concerns on the Change of Use of Land near
the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park
IT Voice is a group of liberal IT professionals committed to contributing to the prosperity of Hong Kong and the industry.
In this open letter to both the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) and the Lands Department (LD), we would like to air our concerns on the recent attempt of the LD to change the use of the piece of land near the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.
We were shocked by the news which mentioned that the piece of land near the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) was re-purposed from technology development use to low density residence use. We have much reservation to this change and the process of the decision.
- The original use of the land was intended for technology use. The need of land for technology development has not diminished. This need indeed has been increasing as both a call for diversification of economy, and a call to respond to the competitions of neighbouring economies.
- Development of a concentrated technology park, incubation centre and Internet data centre all demanded lands. The original use of the land near HKSTP was at the best utility. Its proximity to HKSTP can amplify the cluster effect of the technology and incubation community nearby.
- In terms of housing needs, Hong Kong needs higher density housing with lower rent. The intended change of use of the land to low density residence has only very minimal contribution to solve the problem of housing in Hong Kong. On the other hand, this change has a great blow to the ICT development. The change is totally unjustified.
- The change of use of the land has a policy implication. This undermines the ICT policy to promote innovation technology development by provide more lands to facilitate the development of science parks, incubation centres and Internet data centres. Such vast change of policy should be an informed and consultative process. However, the ICT sector was not even being informed.
- We doubt if CEDB was informed or consulted before Lands Department makes the decision of the change of land use. Whether it was a lack of communication between the bureau and the department, or it was a lack of sensitivity to conflict of policy, we call for the LD to stop the attempt to change the use of land, and the CEDB to be involved, and for the CEDB to consult the ICT sector before a decision is made.
We are eager to discuss this with you face to face.Regards,
The IT Voice Team