Green belt, countryside conservation and local politics: A Hong Kong case study

Bo Sin Tang, Siu Wai Wong, Anton K.W. Lee

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International land-use concepts are transformed to suit local circumstances. What is truly common after local adaptation becomes arguable. This paper examines application of a British land-use planning concept, green belt, in the ex-colonial city of Hong Kong. Through examining its local history and planning decisions for village housing development within such zones, this study reveals the ambiguity and flexibility of this land-use concept in conserving the natural landscape and open countryside. It highlights the conflicts and compromises of green belt planning policy in connection with countryside protection, local politics and development pressures. The conclusion is that the green belt zone coincides with its overseas counterpart in name only; its substance and implementation are drastically diverse across cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-247
Number of pages18
JournalReview of Urban and Regional Development Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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