The Lok Ma Chau Loop (the Loop) was once within the administrative boundary of Shenzhen Municipal Government and now becomes a part of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as a result of the training of Shenzhen River. As mentioned in the Policy Address in 2007, the HKSAR Government would work with the Shenzhen authorities to tap the land resources of the Loop to meet future development needs and consolidate the strategic position of Hong Kong and Shenzhen in the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region.
The Loop development is a Designated Project (DP) under Schedule 3 of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance (Cap. 499). In October 2013, the EIA Report for the Loop development was approved by DEP pursuant to the EIA Ordinance. The Environmental Permit (EP) was also granted in November 2013.
The Loop development is implemented by three works packages in stages, namely: Advance Works, Main Works Package 1 (MWP1) and Main Works Package 2 (MWP2).