The head of the powerful rural committee and pro-government lawmaker Kenneth Lau on Monday warned that he may not back the government's plan for reclamation in the Tuen Mun area.
The administration wants a HK$180 million study into reclaiming 200 hectares of land in Lung Kwu Tan near Tuen Mun for industrial use, and also to replan Tuen Mun West.
During a Legco development panel meeting, Lau said the Lung Kwu Tan villagers he represents don't want to see their area turned into an industrial estate.
Lau, who heads the powerful Heung Yee Kuk, said he will see how the government improves air quality and build more roads before deciding whether to back the study or not. He said if the villagers are unhappy with the proposal, he will not back it.
Development Secretary Michael Wong said the project won't have a big impact on the environment as the plan is to locate industries there that are not highly polluting.
"We are not looking at locating anything that will cause major nuisance," he said. "Maybe logistics, maybe car repairs or open storage. So we don't expect these industries to be highly polluting."