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Old May 1st, 2012, 10:02 PM   #161
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Old August 6th, 2012, 05:50 AM   #163
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Tsang sticks to the plan on housing schemes
The Standard
Monday, August 06, 2012

The government plans to provide more than 60,000 public housing and Home Ownership Scheme flats in the next few years in a bid to maintain a healthy property market, the financial secretary said.

"The flats to be launched are expected to balance demand and supply in the short term," John Tsang Chun-wah wrote in his blog yesterday.

He said the government is also looking at turning industrial areas into residential use. A plot in Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan, was recently rezoned for public housing and is expected to provide 860 flats by 2016.

"The demand for industrial buildings is declining as Hong Kong shifts its economic model. Those areas are ideal for residential projects," Tsang wrote.

His message echoed that of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who over the weekend reiterated his commitment to resuming the HOS, saying the plan was "inked in bold characters" in his election manifesto.

Leung last week said the government is looking for new sites for HOS homes. This came after his promise last month that up to 5,000 white-formers - first- time home purchasers meeting the household income limit of HK$30,000 a month - will be allowed to buy HOS flats without paying a land premium.

That immediately pushed up transaction volume and prices of small- and medium-sized flats.

"New HOS homes will be launched in 2016 or 2017 at the earliest, which can provide 17,000 units in the first three years, or 5,000 units per year, " Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said on Saturday.

He expects speculation on HOS flats to ease as the new supplies come in.

But Cheung Kong (0001) and Hutchison Whampoa (0013) tycoon Li Ka- shing has voiced reservations about expanding the HOS supply, as real estate is a major contributor to government revenue.

"There is demand for HOS homes from the middle class, but the government will decide whether the [increased supply of] subsidized homes goes against Hong Kong's housing policy," Li said on Thursday.

However, Leung defended his HOS policy, saying the sale of these flats is also a source of government revenue.

Meanwhile, Tsang said the territory should make use of sites atop and near MTR stations to build more homes.

"Great synergy will come into effect by combining railways and homes," Tsang wrote, noting that several sites in the Tsuen Wan West Station area can provide a total of 6,000 units.

MTR Corp (0066) relaunched the tender for its Tsuen Wan West Bayside residential development last month after suspending it in January when bids missed the reserve price. Rebids are being accepted until Wednesday.

Tsang also said the government is considering a total of 2,500 hectares for residential projects, about 10 percent of of the SAR's already developed land.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 05:01 PM   #164
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Homes action
The Standard
Friday, August 31, 2012

New steps to cool the red-hot housing market were announced yesterday as Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying presented a package of 10 short and medium-term measures.

In the longer term, Leung said, the Lands Department and Department of Justice are looking into formulating the legal framework for the "Hong Kong land for Hong Kong people" policy which he pledged during the chief executive election.

Initially, there will be five short-term measures:

The sale of 830 Home Ownership Scheme surplus flats, 825 of which are at Tin Chung Court in Tin Shui Wai. Applications will begin early next year.

The 1,000 units in Tsing Yi originally planned for the "rent-to-buy" program - also known as My Home Purchase Plan - by the Hong Kong Housing Society will be sold to buyers earning HK$40,000 or less a month at a discount to the market price. Details will be given later.

Applications for pre-sale consent will be speeded up to release 65,000 flats in the private market over the next three to four years.

Sites providing 2,650 flats will be included in the land sale program for October to December. About 1,760 of the flats are from six sites and no fewer than 894 are from the MTR's residential project at the Tsuen Wan West station on the West Rail Line.

A Chai Wan industrial building will be converted into a public rental block of 180 units next year. The Urban Renewal Authority will launch two pilot schemes next year to redevelop industrial buildings into flats and commercial offices.

Leung said the government is concerned about the heated property market, given the sluggish global economy and high liquidity in international markets.

"We will closely monitor the property market and at an appropriate time we will launch more initiatives" to meet citizens' housing needs, he said.

The government has decided to sell the flats under "a rent-to-buy" scheme to address housing needs immediately.

Housing minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said people who want to buy the surplus HOS flats in Tin Chung Court will not be affected by management fee disputes between the incumbent owners' committee and the Housing Authority. The authority will take responsibility if the case goes to court.

Five medium-term steps are:

The government wants to sell the remaining 4,000 "rent-to-buy" scheme units planned by the previous administration.

The URA's Kai Tak sites marked for flat swaps in redevelopment projects will be handed over to Housing Authority for HOS projects.

A leisure site in Cheung Sha Wan will be used for 2,300 public rental homes so the provision of such units can be put forward two years.

A total of 36 sites, zoned for "government, institution and community" uses, will be used for private and public housing projects to provide about 11,900 units.

Town planning procedures will be streamlined to speed up Housing Authority and URA projects to rejuvenate industrial buildings for homes.

Leung said the the legal framework for a "Hong Kong land for Hong Kong people" policy, under which developers can sell flats only to Hongkongers, is being examined.

Leung said a new steering committee led by Cheung will look into housing needs of different sectors.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 05:32 AM   #165
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Old November 12th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #166
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Options weighed in boosting public flats
The Standard
Monday, November 12, 2012

Calls to convert some plots on the land application list into sites for public housing will be prudently considered, the secretary for development said.

Paul Chan Mo-po emphasized that it is not an easy task as a balance has to be struck between the private and public flats supplies.

"We won't be reckless in slanting in favor of public housing," he added.

His remarks came days after he told lawmakers "it might be possible" to transform part of plots on the list that are considered to be less appealing into sites for Home Ownership Scheme flats and public housing, much like what was done during the previous administration.

Four plots on the list were earmarked for public housing by then secretary for development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet- ngor, now the chief secretary.

Chan said he is also paying close attention to the tight supply in the private market, stressing policies for private and public home supplies should be "balanced carefully."

One of the options to increase supply is to convert "36 government, institution or community" sites into residential sites, which can generate 11,900 homes, of which about 7,000 are public housing units, the government announced earlier.

Chan promised to provide more details about this to the Legislative Council next Wednesday, as well as more information on plans to assure a supply of 15,000 public units and 20,000 private homes a year in the future.

Meanwhile, Centaline Property Agency chairman Shih Wing-ching warned that property prices will continue to soar if sites for the private market are converted into public housing.

"The government should raise the plot ratio of those newly constructed flats in the urban areas to raise property developers' willingness to develop in the city," he added.

Also, he said the new buyers' stamp duties and the extended special stamp duties have posed a big impact on the private market.

"But these can only help in the short term and do not do anything about the supply," he added.

Lawrence Poon Wing-cheung, housing panel chairman at the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, also warned of taking away plots from the private market supply.

He emphasized that demand in public housing will still not be fulfilled if flats are built in inconvenient places.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 04:07 PM   #167
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Old December 31st, 2012, 05:14 PM   #168
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Flats for Cheung Sha Wan site
The Standard
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Planning Department has proposed the conversion of four sites in Cheung Sha Wan, with one of them being used for the construction of 2,300 public housing flats by 2019.

The proposal has gained the support of most Sham Shui Po District Council members.

The department has chosen a 269,098-square-foot recreational site at Tonkin Street, north of Lai Chi Kok Road, for residential development.

It is one of the short-to-medium term housing measures announced by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying last year.

About 2,300 public housing flats are expected to be built on the site, with a maximum land plot ratio of six.

The development should not be higher than 100 meters, the same as the height stipulation for the neighboring Lai Kok Estate.

The development would mean relocation of a golf driving range.

A 247,570-sq-ft site at Hing Wah Street, south of Lai Chi Kok Road, would be taken for recreational development in its place. The government-owned Wang Cheong Building, Wang Cheong Factory Estate and Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market are currently on the site.

Also, another smaller plot originally designated for "government, institution or community" use was proposed for private housing development.

The site at Fuk Wing Street and Fuk Wah Street, only yields 23,681 sq ft. It is currently a temporary public car park.

Commercial properties, meanwhile, will be built on a 16,194-sq-ft site at Cheung Sha Wan Road, replacing some government premises.

Land plot ratio for the site is up to 12. District council members were in agreement with the plan to boost housing supply.

A two-month public consultation will be conducted.
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Little confidence over CY housing promise
The Standard
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Half the population believe new housing promised in the policy address will not be enough to meet demand, whether at the grassroots level or higher.

That is according to a survey by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which also found nearly 40 percent are not confident that the government will be able to implement the housing policy set out by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his maiden policy address on January 16.

The promised supply of 15,000 public housing flats each year until 2017 will not close the housing gap, half the 780 respondents said, while only 15 percent believed it would.

Just one in five was confident that the policy on public housing could be implemented.

Half of those polled also said that the promised addition of 1,000 Home Ownership Scheme flats each year until 2017 and 5,000 flats from 2018 to 2020 will fall short of demand.

On public housing, only one in five believed the government will be able to reach the HOS goals stated in the address. Moreover, half of those surveyed also doubted whether housing problems can indeed be solved by giving over industrial and community areas as well as green zones for residential use in the short term.

Nearly 40 percent were not confident that developing new towns and reclamation outside Victoria Harbour would serve long-term housing needs.

Victor Zheng Wan-tai, associate director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Chinese University, said housing and land supply policies are complicated as they involve the interests of different parties.

"The results [of the survey] show that residents still have little confidence although the chief executive has made efforts toward solving housing problems in his address," Zheng said.

"It shows the chief executive lacks public support and that residents are aware that housing problems are too complicated to be easily solved."

Housing problems have been a difficult issue that will not be solved within a short period of time, Zheng added.

He said the government has failed to win public confidence in housing policies it has generally been highly focused on.
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Rezoned sites to provide 3,000 flats
The Standard
Wednesday, February 06, 2013



A golf driving range and an open car park are to be rezoned to build nearly 3,000 public and subsidized flats, the Transport and Housing Bureau said.

A 2.3-hectare site in Sham Shui Po on Lai Chi Kok Road and Tonkin Street, currently used for golf practice, is to be redeveloped into six blocks of 2,300 public rental housing flats by 2019.

Similarly, the car park on Choi Hing Road, Ngau Tau Kok, which has a total area of 33,000 square meters, will provide 600 Home Ownership Scheme flats when completed in 2017.

The bureau also announced it will advance the completion of two public housing projects in Kwun Tong and Tuen Mun by one year, from 2017-18 to 2016-17. The two projects will provide 3,400 flats.

Speaking after visiting the two sites yesterday afternoon, Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said: "As there is a huge demand for housing in the community, the government's main policy is to ensure that there will be a continuous supply of housing ... We will continue to seek appropriate land sites."

Cheung said the Housing Authority will evaluate the transport infrastructure and environmental impact in the two districts before going ahead and developing the public housing and HOS flats.

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po said the Ngau Tau Kok site - originally designated for a secondary school - will be used to build HOS flats after the Education Bureau dropped plans to build a school there.

Chan said another site will be allocated for the school if one is needed in Ngau Tau Kok in future.

Wong Kwan, chairman of the Federation of Public Housing Estates, said public housing flats at the Ngau Tau Kok site were more appropriate as there would be wet markets in the area.

In a paper submitted to Legco, two public housing projects, in Kwun Tong and Tuen Mun, will involve 3,400 flats, increasing the supply of public housing from 75,600 flats to 79,000 flats from fiscal year 2012-13 to 2016-17.

The authority has successfully worked with other departments and bureaux to identify suitable sites for HOS development and to ensure that a total of 17,000 HOS units will be completed in the four years from 2016-17.

These include the Kai Tak site and four of the former My Home Purchase Plan sites in Choi Hung, Diamond Hill, Ma On Shan and Tai Po districts.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 03:52 AM   #172
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Lay of the land
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Less land will be available on the application list as more sites will be designated for public housing.

This is what Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah will reveal in his budget speech tomorrow, according to a source.

The government is aiming to build more public homes in the 2013-14 fiscal year amid increasing demand and the difficulties in relaunching the Home Ownership Scheme.

For the current fiscal year, 24 sites - good for about 30,000 homes - have been placed on the application list. For the previous fiscal year, 18 sites were allocated.

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po earlier said the government will prudently consider converting some plots meant for the application list into sites for public housing.

But he also emphasized that it is not an easy task as a balance has to be struck between the supply of private and public flats.

To realize the target supply of 20,000 private homes a year, the government will continue to explore other sites in the city, the source said.

Also, flat and size stipulations will be attached to more sites for the private market in order to provide more small to medium-sized homes.

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Fewer private flats as focus turns to public
The Standard
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Four thousand fewer private homes are likely to be built in the 2013-14 fiscal year, despite soaring demand, as the property market's focus turns to public housing.

A total of 46 sites - of which 28 are new - will be included in the land application list for building 13,600 private homes, John Tsang revealed.

They are part of the 25,800 private homes on which construction will start during the current 2013-14 fiscal year, after taking all major sources of land supply into account, including projects initiated by the MTR Corp (0066) and the Urban Renewal Authority.

The government targeted the building of 30,000 private homes for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Also, Tsang expects 24,000 homes to be put up for sale this year, including 20,000 uncompleted units.

In addition, 4,000 more public housing units will be built within the next four years.

Around 17,000 Home Ownership Scheme flats are likely to be constructed by 2017.

"We may consider converting some sites in the application list for public housing which property developers are not that interested in," Tsang said after presenting his budget speech.

Meanwhile, nine sites have been designated for commercial/ business use with a total floor area of about 3.55 million square feet. Also, a site on Garden Road where the Murray Building is located could be turned into a hotel, consisting of up to 300 rooms.

In addition, Grade-A office space in the central business district will rise after government departments are relocated.

The three government buildings in Wan Chai, measuring 1.88 million sq ft, will be rented out first and may even be put up for sale in due course.

Meanwhile, Tsang emphasized that the government will continue to explore new development areas in speeding up the supply of land.

The government earned HK$69 billion from land premiums in the last financial year.

But the government's Long Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee member Andy Kwan Cheuk-chiu warned home prices would continue to rise in the coming two to three years as the budget contained few new measures.

Kwan suggested the government put up more land for sale and tender in the coming three to six months.

New World Development (0017) chairman Henry Cheng Kar-shun said it takes years to build homes.

More cooling measures may be needed should the market heat up within the coming one to two years.
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Urgent to find more rural land for public flats: lawmakers
South China Morning Post
5 November 2013

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The government is facing increasing pressure on its quest for housing land after it revealed it would be short of rural land for public rental flats by 2017.

The information was made known to lawmakers in a meeting yesterday of the Legislative Council's housing panel after the government was urged to be more transparent on the demand and supply of such flats.

Under the government's plan, 82,100 public rental flats will be built in urban areas and the New Territories over the next five years. But none will be built in the New Territories in 2017 and 2018 as no land has yet been secured for their construction.

"The information sends a serious signal," said housing panel chairman Wong Kwok-hing. "The government must find more land or it will be difficult for it to honour its pledge to provide public housing [to families and elderly people within three years of application]."

Permanent secretary for Transport and Housing Duncan Pescod conceded that the government was concerned about the possibility of lengthening applicants' waiting time. He said it was looking for more land to meet the rising demand.

The Housing Authority's statistics showed that 44 per cent of the 14,300 families and elderly people who were granted a public flat from July 2012 to June 2013 waited more than three years. Six per cent - 900 applicants - waited more than five years.

But in the paper submitted to the Legislative Council, the authority said the longer waiting time was partly because of applicants' preference to live closer to the urban districts.

Of the 6,300 who waited more than three years, 52 per cent subsequently chose a flat in core urban areas and 39 per cent opted for extended urban areas.

For those who waited more than five years, the authority said it was largely due to a change in preferred location and delayed submission of documents.

"The government is lying," said Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki, referring to the failure to meet the three-year pledge.

Labour sector lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung said many of the complaints he was handling involved waiting times of five to seven years. But Housing Department assistant director Anson Lai Yat-ching said the average waiting time for families and elderly applicants was 2.7 years - still within the government's three-year target.

There were currently 118,700 such applicants on the waiting list for public rental flats, he said.

Only 16 per cent of the two groups on the waiting list had waited for more than three years, and half of those would get a flat soon, after investigations into their eligibility, he added.
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Wah Fu residents urged to help speed up works
17 January 2014
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Leung Chun-ying calls on tenants of Aberdeen public estate to quickly decide where to move if they want redevelopment works to proceed

A day after announcing redevelopment plans for the Wah Fu Estate that have for years been under consideration, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has called on its residents to quickly agree on relocation places so that the project can make headway.

But many elderly residents in the 47-year-old Aberdeen estate were likely to refuse to move, a district councillor has warned.

Wah Fu, built in the 1960s as one of the city’s earliest public rental housing estates with comprehensive facilities, used to be dubbed a “luxurious estate for commoners”. Situated near the affluent Pok Fu Lam neighbourhood, flats on the higher floors have sea views.

But the buildings have deteriorated over the years. In 2008, the government launched a record HK$180 million repairs and maintenance project after it decided against demolishing the 9,000-home estate that houses more than 20,000 people.

Yesterday, Leung announced plans to redevelop Wah Fu. He also lifted the development moratorium over five nearby sites south of Pok Fu Lam to allow the building of 11,900 public rental housing units and Home Ownership Scheme flats.

Speaking during a phone-in radio programme, the chief executive stopped short of saying if Wah Fu residents would be offered the chance to move into the new homes in the district.

“There are many factors to consider, including transport arrangements, he said.

A Wah Fu resident who called in to the programme urged Leung to give a clear schedule of the redevelopment plan.

“We have put up with the endless noise from repair works for more than 10 years now,” he said. “Residents are on the edge of a nervous breakdown … Can you please give us a timetable?”

Sidestepping the question, the chief executive urged residents to co-operate to speed up the redevelopment process.

“While the government will compress the work as much as we can, I also hope [Wah Fu residents] will help us by reaching a consensus on where to move as soon as possible,” Leung said.

One of the two district councillors representing the estate, independent Au Lap-sing, said about 40 per cent of Wah Fu residents were elderly people. Most, if not all, of them were reluctant to move out of their homes because of their old age.

Pok Fu Lam district councillor Paul Zimmerman said he found the five sites identified for development by the government suitable for building additional public rental housing units.

The key concern of residents in the area was that there had to be sufficient transport facilities to meet the demand brought about by the increased population after the development, he said.

The administration is also considering building a west section of the MTR’s future South Island Line, which would connect Wah Fu Estate with Admiralty via Wong Chuk Hang.

Zimmerman said it was risky for the government to lift the development moratorium before confirming plans for the new railway and securing funding approval from lawmakers.
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Rezoning plan for public housing
The Standard Excerpt
Apr 7, 2017


區議會文件

The government is considering rezoning five greenbelt sites in Tseung Kwan O to produce 11,200 public housing units that can accommodate about 31,000 Hongkongers.

The Development Bureau said it is recommending this measure after conducting a review of available sites in Sai Kung.

The five sites are located north of Tseung Kwan O Village, south of Chiu Shun Road, west of Yau Yue Wan Village and east of the Hong Kong Movie City.

The site near Chiu Shun Road is developed since it was once used as temporary working area for a government construction project. The other four sites are yet to be developed.

Meanwhile, the Civil Engineering and Development Department has begun assessing the feasibility of building housing projects in nine sites in Tseung Kwan O. Its assessment covered logistics, infrastructures, ecology and air circulation.

Its preliminary findings suggest that five sites can be developed without any technical difficulties.

An in-depth ecological investigation will be conducted to ensure that the proposed housing projects in the area will have minimal ecological impact on the environment.
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