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Old June 15th, 2017, 05:46 PM   #2161
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Landmark Hong Kong land swap deal is a win for environmental conservation
Historic agreement will see private developer hand over ecologically-rich land in return for rights to build golf course on industrial estate
June 15, 2017
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An unprecedented land swap deal to protect one of Hong Kong’s most ecologically-rich enclaves has been approved by the city’s top decision-making body, heralding what could finally be a permanent solution to a decades-old stalemate on how best to protect the area.

The Executive Council on Thursday agreed “in principle” for most of Tai Po’s Sha Lo Tung – almost entirely owned by a private developer – to be surrendered to the government in exchange for a tract of land at the Shuen Wan restored landfill near Tai Po industrial estate, which will be developed into a private golf course.

The proposal was raised by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his January policy address.

Officials however stressed this was a very “unique, exceptional and isolated case justified on nature conservation policy grounds” and not likely to be replicated elsewhere.

“Most areas of high ecological value are basically owned by a single landowner, that is why we we’re able to use this method,” said environment chief Wong Kam-sing.

“In the past, many measures have been attempted to protect it but we think at this point, this option is the most feasible to reach the aim of [long-term] conservation.”

This is the first time that an in-situ land exchange has been conducted in Hong Kong on the basis of conservation. With its relatively unpolluted streams, marshes and woodland, the enclave ranks second only to the Mai Po and the Inner Deep Bay Ramsar Site in ecological significance. It is a haven for rare dragonflies.

Under the new plan, Sha Lo Tung will be placed under active management by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, which will in turn engage a non-profit organisation to implement and run the management plan.

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Old June 16th, 2017, 05:53 PM   #2162
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URA to improve payments to tenants affected by projects
June 14, 2017



The Urban Renewal Authority yesterday approved enhancements to policies for ex-gratia payment and rehousing to domestic tenants who are affected by its redevelopment projects.

The ex-gratia allowance for eligible domestic tenants will be calculated with a sliding scale that begins with the first HK$10,000 of the rateable value multiplied by nine.

The ex-gratia allowance for a one- person household will be increased from the current minimum payment of HK$70,000 to HK$160,000. That for two-person or larger households will increase from HK$80,000 to HK$180,000.

The allowance was previously based on 3.5 times of the rateable value.

The authority said the increase is made in response to rising home prices and because the payment policy has not been adjusted since 2002.

Meanwhile, the ex-gratia business allowance for non-domestic tenants will be revised from the current minimum of HK$70,000 and maximum of HK$500,000 to a minimum of HK$110,000 and a maximum of HK$700,000, depending on the number of years of continuous operation by the tenant-operator.
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Old June 17th, 2017, 12:29 PM   #2163
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HSBC chief warns on homes and prices
Jun 20, 2017
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The chief executive of HSBC Asia Pacific and general manager of HSBC Group, Peter Wong Tung-shun, says even if there is an abundant supply of residential units in the next five to six years, home prices in Hong Kong will not fall back to the price level of 2008.

Even though home prices have risen significantly since 2008, Wong said household income rose only 3 to 5 percent each year, which led to a wider wealth gap.

Apart from housing demand, mainland and foreign buyers also invested in Hong Kong's property market due to the low-interest rate environment and limited supply, which pushed prices up further.

Wong also said that the recent Federal Reserve's rate increase will have a minimal effect on the property market. The market would only be affected if there is a further 3 to 4 percent rate increase.

Wong stressed that current housing development in Hong Kong is not healthy, as some of the new flats are only 180 square feet, too small for a couple to live in. He reminded buyers to realize their affordability accordingly.

Wong said the global stock market would not crash for the moment, but there are political factors that might affect the market, including Brexit and the upcoming German elections.

In Asia, confrontations between North and South Korea and the South China Sea dispute would also lead to potential fluctuations, Wong said. He also mentioned that the US stock market has grown and investors need to be careful.

Meanwhile, former Morgan Stanley analyst Andy Xie said in an interview that the property market in Hong Kong would crash and the city's economy would enter a 20-year recession.

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Safety first on buildings, lawmakers told
June 22, 2017
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Lawmakers were told yesterday that public safety, especially in industrial buildings, would not be compromised, irrespective of the activity taking place.

In explaining the government's crackdown on Hidden Agenda, an indie music venue based in an industrial building in Kwun Tong, last month, during which four foreign musicians were arrested for performing without visas, Secretary for Development Eric Ma Siu-cheung stressed that the government had no intention of stifling the arts or cultural activity.

However, he said industrial buildings were not the only option for the arts and cultural sectors.

"From the public safety point of view, industrial buildings are not the appropriate option for some of the activities of these sectors or industries involving public visitor flow," Ma said.

He said the government may accept applications to convert lower floors of such buildings for non-industrial uses, including arts, cultural and sports activities, if there is a buffer floor such as a car park or an empty floor separating the lower floors from the upper portion where industrial uses continue.

Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu said there are not many existing industrial buildings with buffer floors.

Ma said he did not know how many industrial buildings would meet the requirements but reiterated that making sure the use of industrial buildings was in compliance with the law and public safety was always the government's top priority.

He said the revitalization of an industrial building would only be considered if all units in the building no longer served industrial uses, rather than individual floors or flats.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 06:37 PM   #2166
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Jun 20, 2017
Public housing units see spaces shrink as govt focuses on supply
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Hong Kong government has been focusing on boosting the supply of public housing in the past two decades, but the new units have come at a cost: ever-shrinking living spaces.

According to a Hong Kong Economic Journal study, a public housing unit for a family of five offered 398 square feet in average space in 2014, down from 417 sq ft in 2004 and compared with 465 sq ft in 1994.

One good example that shows how public home residents have to put up with smaller spaces as time goes by is the Pak Tin Estate in Sham Shui Po, which has been undergoing redevelopment in three phases under a government-planned scheme.

As the redevelopment is currently in Phase Two, it has been found that the largest space for a unit is only 370 sq ft, or 30 sq ft less than that seen in Phase One, which was completed in 2013.

The average space of a unit of public homes suitable for one or two people to live in has also been shrinking in general.

Between 1997 and 2011, at least 183 sq ft were provided for such a smaller family, but it has been down nearly 20 percent to 150 sq ft since, according to the HKEJ study.

Director of Housing Stanley Ying has claimed that though the newly-built public homes may be smaller, they are more livable due to design improvements.

Calling such a defense ironic, Man Yu-min, chairman of the Federation of Public Housing Estates, said the point is not about new design, which is a matter of opinion, but about the shrinking space and cramped living conditions.

As to who should be blamed for the current situation, Man pointed the finger at former chief executive Donald Tsang.
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Hong Kong home prices scale new peak, 20 years after 1997 record
In 1997, a 451 square foot flat in City One Shatin – a housing estate popular with residents and investors alike – cost HK$3.06m, but that’s now doubled, according to data by Midland Realty
June 30, 2017
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Hong Kong carries the dubious honour as the world’s least affordable city to own a home, but many property industry veterans still firmly believe they can do no wrong in buying a residence here.

Home prices have surpassed their 1997 peak by 40 per cent, and this has prompted the government to roll out no fewer than three cooling measures in seven months, from a 15 per cent stamp duty to credit tightening. Thus far, they have done little to arrest the price surge.

“The government’s relative caution comes after some painful lessons from previous landslide declines in home prices” because the property market had taken it right on the chin during the worst days of the global economic crises, said Buggle Lau Ka-fai, chief analyst at Midland Realty.

Home prices plunged as much as 70 per cent during the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak from their 1997 peak, saddling 105,697 homeowners with negative equity – where homes were worth less than their outstanding mortgages.

However, the rebounds had been equally sharp since then, due largely to economic stimulus measures by Beijing, including a relaxation in the number of individual mainland travellers to Hong Kong.

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Shopping mall extension throws in the view for free
July 10, 2017
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Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall is expanding to provide places to view the famous harbour and a permanent customs and immigration facility for cruise passengers.

Work on the five-storey extension to the western end of Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui is due to be finished by the end of the year.

Each floor will have a free observation deck, giving the public a 270-degree panoramic view of Victoria Harbour.

The work will add 100,000 sq ft of space to Harbour City, part of Ocean Terminal, which already has around two million sq ft of floor space and 450 shops.

Temporary customs facilities had been erected until now whenever a ship docked at the 51-year-old retail hub.

“There will also be a proper loading area for cruises,” an Ocean Terminal spokeswoman said.

None of the tenants in the extension would house shops and it would be strictly limited to restaurants and other dining facilities, she added.
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Can reclamation resolve Hong Kong’s housing problem?
Hong Kong think tank says only a quarter of local households can afford a home, with real property price index up 266 per cent since 2004, against a 109 per cent growth in real wages
July 13, 2017
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The new leadership of the Hong Kong government should consider restarting land reclamation to increase land supply to build new homes as a means to resolve the city’s housing problem in the long run, according to a government think tank and a property agent.

Stephen Wong, deputy executive director and head of public policy of a think tank, Our Hong Kong Foundation said Hong Kong’s medium and long term housing supply was lagging behind its target, and urged the government to restart a large-scale development to solve the housing problem.

Wong recommended the authorities to convert the use of land for container terminals in Kwai Chung to build residential properties.

“Do we need container terminals in the middle of the city?” he said.

Changing land use of the container terminals is part of the proposal tabled by the think tank in its recently released report to solve Hong Kong’s housing problems. The report proposed that the government restarts large-scale reclamation to create land for different development projects in the city.

“Only 24 per cent of total land (size of 110,000 hectares) in Hong Kong are developed land, with the rest being greenery, including country parks, farm land and land for other uses,” said Wong in a luncheon meeting on Thursday.

This compared to 75 per cent of developed land out of Singapore’s total 71,000 hectares, he said.

Excluding country parks that account for 40 per cent of Hong Kong’s total area, Wong called on the government to better use the city’s land area for building homes.

He also warned that only 25 per cent of Hong Kong households can afford to buy a home in the city where the real property price index has surged 266 per cent since 2004, against real wage and GDP growths of 109 per cent and 156 per cent respectively.

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Mega New Territories housing project to begin after HK$6.53b land deal
The deal is the largest land premium paid since 2011. Analysts forecast that the total cost for the project could reach HK$17 billion
July 14, 2017
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Development of a mega-sized private residential project comprising about 6,000 units in Tuen Mun, believed to be the largest in New Territories, will soon get off the ground after a HK$6.53 billion (US$836.4 million) land premium settlement was reached between Sun Hung Kai Properties and the government.

The land transaction was concluded on May 17 for the commercial-residential site at Area 54 in Tuen Mun, which could yield a total gross floor area of 2.3 million square feet, according to data released by the Lands Department on Friday. The site, close to West Rail Siu Hong station, has an area of 461,000 sq ft.

The deal, the largest land premium paid since 2011, represents HK$2,800 per sq ft.

In 2011, New World Development paid HK$6.64 billion for a site, which could yield 1.08 million sq ft, in Sai Kung, now developed into Mount Pavilia development. The land premium paid then was HK$6,148 per sq ft.

Victor Lui Ting, deputy managing director at SHKP said the land premium amount was reasonable .

“The site is close to West Rail station, and will be developed into small- to medium-sized units,” he said.

Based on unit sizes of 400 to 500 sq ft, the site could accommodate about 4,600 to 5,700 units, said industry experts.
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Lok Ma Chau Loop development backed by 60 per cent, Hong Kong survey finds
But only 44 per cent think city has adequate capacities to pull off project
February 4, 2017

The plan to develop Lok Ma Chau Loop along the mainland border into a high-tech zone was supported by around 60 per cent of respondents in a Chinese University of Hong Kong study.

In addition, more than 70 per cent of the 733 people interviewed by phone in Hong Kong agreed the development of innovation and technology industries was important for the city’s future.

The university’s Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies conducted the survey between January 19 and 23, after local authorities announced earlier this year a deal with Shenzhen authorities to develop the 87-hectare area into an innovation and technology park.

The muddy wetland located along the Shenzhen River is four times larger than Science Park in Sha Tin.
Hong Kong’s new tech frontier: Yuen Long
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July 14, 2017

Big things are coming to Yuen Long. In January, Hong Kong and Shenzhen joined hands to turn the Lok Ma Chau Loop into the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park, and a 87-hectare project that will be four times bigger than the Science Park in Sha Tin.

The announcement settles a 20-year border dispute over the loop, which is a muddy piece of land created when the Shenzhen River was straightened in 1997. Both Hong Kong and Shenzhen claimed the land, but now that Shenzhen has acknowledged Hong Kong’s ownership, its development potential can be unleashed.

The Hong Kong government will build the park’s basic infrastructure, but it will be up to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to manage its 1.2 million square meters of floor area. A special committee with representatives from both Hong Kong and Shenzhen will oversee the development.

Start-up scenes

Innovation is the buzzword in today’s economy, and any new support for start-up technology businesses is welcome. New high-quality space custom-built for start-ups and research and development companies can provide an outlet for entrepreneurs graduating from the city’s universities, and it can convince more technology companies to relocate to Hong Kong.

Things are already looking up in Hong Kong’s tech scene. Last year, the government announced a HK$2 billion Innovation and Technology Venture Fund, and mainland giant Alibaba has contributed US$130 million to a Hong Kong investment program for start-ups. Shenzhen’s scene is even hotter: some of China’s biggest tech companies are located in the booming border city, while grassroots entrepreneurs are flourishing in the city’s do-it-yourself culture.

Building connectivity

There are still many questions about the loop to be answered. Transportation is one of them. At the moment, there is just a one-lane road between the loop and the rest of Hong Kong, and there is no direct connection to Shenzhen. To overcome this isolation, new road and rail infrastructure will need to be built – perhaps a spur of the existing East Rail Line to Shenzhen, or a modern tramway system that leads to the Lok Ma Chau border crossing.
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Last post nears for GPO building in offices move
July 21, 2017
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Hong Kong’s post office headquarters in Central is set to be demolished to make way for office buildings as part of a transformation of the city’s prime waterfront space.

The General Post Office building, opened in 1976, will be torn down and its contents moved to a new location in Kowloon Bay, the government’s Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said at a panel meeting in the city’s legislature on Friday.

The new eight-storey building will be near Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and cost HK$1.7 billion.

“The proposal has two aims. We hope it will be an opportunity for Hongkong Post to consolidate work from different departments to enhance its operational efficiency, and secondly, to meet the demands of a shortage of A-grade office space in Central,” Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah said.

Postal facilities tied to Central district will be kept in the area however.

The redevelopment is part of a HK$12 billion plan for eight key sites to transform the Central harbourfront in the heart of the city to provide upmarket office space, a large pedestrian deck, public space and a mix of hotel and retail facilities. The Town Planning Board approved the outline for the General Post Office site in September.
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Plover Cove housing plan floated
27 Jul 2017
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A research team from the University of Hong Kong says the government should re-start large-scale reclamation, including filling up Plover Cove Reservoir to provide 1,200 hectares of land on which to build 300,000 homes.

The team from the Ronald Coase Centre for Property Rights Research, HKUrbanLab, said the government should solve the long-term land problem through reclamation which is "the most significant and efficient historical mode of new land supply."

However, green groups slammed the plan and called it nonsense.

Chair professor Chau Kwong-wing said the government should build a huge land bank to reduce housing price volatility, to increase living space and to improve life quality.


"This will reduce the chance of panic buying in the housing market," he said.

Professor Lawrence Lai Wai-chung said the government should have a long- term vision for land supply and should revamp a high-level decision-making body so that it can plan strategically for a sustained stream of land supply.

Lai said Hong Kong has had no large-scale reclamation for the past 20 years. The suspension of reclamation plans resulted in the loss of 176 hectares of land at Green Island and 300 hectares at Kai Tak which could have housed 420,000 people.

The team said Plover Cove Reservoir should be reclaimed and turned into a new town, providing about 300,000 housing units with an average size of 650 square feet, to house 800,000 to 1.2 million people.

The team believes reclamation of the reservoir will do little damage to nature as the reservoir is artificial and the damage to the environment had already been done many years ago when building the reservoir. In addition, the cost was paid off many years ago.

Apart from Plover Cove, Lai thinks New Territories West, including areas near Castle Peak, Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun, and areas near Peng Chau and Hei Ling Chau, can also be considered for reclamation. These sites could provide about 2,000 hectares and 1,200 hectares of land.

The team also believes that major developers own 1,000 hectares of land. It suggested the government take back undeveloped or idle land in the New Territories owned by major developers after the leases expire in 2047.

"The government should not exercise its discretion to automatically renew these leases for another 50 years," Lai said.

However, green groups hold opposite views. Green Sense said the reclamation suggestion is nonsense and that the researchers did not provide sustainable solutions for the city's development.

Mark Mak Chi-kit, senior research officer of Green Sense, said just building houses will not solve the problem.

"It is endless and irrational if we only rely on building houses to solve the problem," he said.

He said the society should think about how to reduce population growth and to balance the needs of development instead of just considering how to increase housing.

He believes mainland China immigrants are the biggest cause of the population growth and the government should reduce the one-way permit quota.

Mak said that Plover Cove Reservoir not only supplies fresh water but it is also in a country park with high ecological value.

He said reclamation has an "extinctive" impact on the environment, citing the reducing number of Chinese white dolphin as an example.
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Hong Kong Economic Journal
July 26, 2017
Garden applies to redevelop Sham Shui Po headquarters



The headquarters of bakery company Garden, a landmark in Sham Shui Po, is up for redevelopment.

The company is awaiting approval from the Town Planning Board. The building is located at 58 Castle Peak Road.

The plan is to redevelop the building into a 25-floor commercial and office block with three levels of basement, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The redeveloped building will have restaurants, cookery classrooms and offices. Garden plans to rent out the 11th to 20th floors. The total floor area is about 111,000 sq ft.

The company told Apple Daily that it is conducting preliminary research. The proposed redevelopment comprises about 50,000 sq ft of office space and 61,000 sq ft of restaurant and cookery training facilities.

Gardenis, a traditional local brand, was established in 1926. The clock tower at the top of the 1930s headquarters building is often regarded as a Sham Shui Po landmark that has witnessed changes in the old district over the years.
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A Tsim Sha Tsui commercial plot for tender is expected to fetch up to HK$3.4 billion while two small residential sites in Tuen Mun have been valued together at almost HK$300 million.

Developers may submit tenders for the three sites from June 27 to late August. Market estimates for the cost of the 28,309-square-foot site at 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, ranges between HK$2 billion and HK$3.4 billion.

With a maximum gross floor area of 339,712 sq ft, around 60 percent of the area may comprise offices or hotel rooms while the rest may be used for a public car park. That translates to about HK$10,000 per buildable square foot for the commercial area.

Alvin Lam Tsz-pun, director at Midland Surveyors, considers the site as rare and says it will be popular among developers eager to build either an A-grade office building or hotel.

Meanwhile, the two Tuen Mun sites are likely to be valued higher than previous plots tendered in the district as they enjoy better locations.

The cost of the 11,244 sq ft site at Yan Ching Street, near the West Rail Line Tuen Mun station, is expected to range between HK$160 million to HK$241 million. It would yield 80,478 sq ft of GFA on which at least 125 units may be built.

Another plot at Lok Chui Street measures 13,487 sq ft and is tipped to fetch HK$47.2 million to HK$64.7 million. Separately, the number of mortgage applications in April fell 2.8 percent from a month earlier to 9,156, data from Hong Kong Monetary Authority showed.

Total value of mortgage loans hit HK$19.6 billion, and those for the secondary market rose 6.5 percent from March to a nine-month high to HK$11 billion. More than 63 percent of new mortgage cases used HIBOR as reference, the highest in 2 years.

As for the primary market, luxury project Positano of HKR International (0480) at Discovery Bay will release the price list of 50 duplexes out of 102 today. Six show flats are also available for viewing from today.
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Empty dwellings in 400-year-old Hong Kong village get new lease of life as holiday homes
Town planning board approves HK$50 million project to restore 12 abandoned buildings in remote Lai Chi Wo
August 11, 2017
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A cluster of abandoned dwellings in a 400-year-old walled Hakka village in Hong Kong has been given the green light for conversion into holiday homes, breathing new life into efforts to revive the city’s rural heritage.

With little resistance, the Town Planning board approved on Friday afternoon a project to restore and transform 12 abandoned homes into guest houses in Lai Chi Wo in the northeastern New Territories, close to the Hong Kong-mainland border.

The project, launched by the Hong Kong Countryside Foundation, a charity dedicated to conserving the city’s countryside, aims to revitalise the area and promote Hakka culture.

The 12 holiday houses will retain their Hakka-style architecture. Visitors will be able to take part in guided tours, workshops and other events to experience Hakka culture and lifestyle.

The site spans 5,640 sq ft of land and will accommodate a maximum of 48 guests in one-storey structures, according to the application submitted to the town planning board.

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Why Hong Kong doesn’t need large-scale reclamation or country park land for housing
Paul Zimmerman calls on the task force that will look into the city’s land supply sources to carefully weigh the public costs for each. By this yardstick, the least damaging options should be chosen
August 10, 2017
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Hong Kong does not have a land supply problem, but a land use problem – this was one of the conclusions at the 2017 Annual Land Forum organised last month by Land Watch. The theme this year was “Land Challenges amid a New Administration”.

In TV advertisements, the government confirmed that land supply up to 2030 has been secured. “Hong Kong 2030 Plus”, the most recent update of Hong Kong’s territorial development strategy, estimates that around 4,800 hectares of land is required when looking beyond 2040. This assumes an aggressive immigration policy to counter Hong Kong’s ageing population.

Committed and planned projects will provide some 3,600 hectares. For the 1,200-hectare shortfall, the government has touted land supply options including large reclamation between Hong Kong Island and Lantau, and the use of country park areas near Sha Tin, and near Pat Heung.

Groups such as Liber Research Community point out that the recycling of brownfields, and the upcycling of land set aside for village-type developments, can provide the land needed. And they are not alone.

The Planning Department completed a land use review of Kam Tin South and Pat Heung in 2014, and identified sites for at least 33,000 residential units at and in the vicinity of Kam Sheung MTR station and the Pat Heung Maintenance Centre.

There is also an abundance of “abandoned agricultural land” along Kam Sheung Road now used for open storage, temporary car parks and other brownfield uses. And there’s a large green belt area next to Shui Chuen O estate in Sha Tin. All these sites have good rail and road access and could be considered before developing country park areas.

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