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Old June 18th, 2015, 07:28 PM   #141
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Home prices slide seen in right direction
14 January 2016
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Leung Chun-ying said the local homes market has started to show positive signs with sliding prices and rents but implied that no property cooling measures are to be lifted.

The chief executive put down recent slides in both rents and home prices to the government's active land sales and supplies. However, ``prices are still beyond what the public can afford,'' he said, and the government is determined to solve housing issues. Leung also said it is not the government's duty to ensure property prices can only go up.

In the next five years, the Housing Authority and Hong Kong Housing Society are to build 76,700 public rental homes and another 20,400 subsidized flats. Around 87,000 private homes are to be expected in the next three to four years.



In the long term, in Tseung Kwan O, where new land and home supplies are concentrated, another plot in area 137 with an area of 80 hectares is to be considered for commercial or residential use. The plot, which is currently used for short-term storage of construction waste, is close to the landfill and Clear Water Bay country park.

In the four new development areas " Kwu Tung North and Fan Ling North, Tung Chung New Town Extension, Hung Shui Kiu and Yuen Long South Development " another 197,000 flats are to be provided in seven years.

Leung said the housing target for the year has been surpassed with 16 sites on sale this financial year. That can provide 20,300 units together with the private housing land.

Market watchers however doubt whether long-term supply can be sustained.

Knight Frank head of valuation and consultancy Thomas Lam Ho man thinks that while it may not be a problem to meet housing targets over the next two years, a crisis may emerge after 2020.

To increase future home supply, the real estate consultancy suggests the government relax building restrictions in rural areas to lure developers with large land reserves.
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Old December 14th, 2016, 11:55 AM   #144
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Hong Kong squatter residents to get better housing offer to pave way for new development
Income and asset limits to be raised for public housing in Housing Society project in Fanling
December 13, 2016

The government is planning better relocation deals for residents affected by a controversial new town development plan in the northeast New Territories, the Post has learned.

The unprecedented rehousing approach, which will see more relaxed means-test requirements for affected households in getting public housing, will be tested out by the Housing Society in a 1,500-flat development in Fanling.

The proposal, submitted to the Town Planning Board last Friday, is the first detailed accommodation plan that has come to light for affected residents in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North.

The trial is being launched amid opposition from displaced residents which has delayed housing projects aimed at easing the city’s housing shortage. If it proves successful, it may pave the way for future new town developments such as the New Territories North development plan.

“The Housing Society prides itself as a housing policy experimenter,” a source said. “We are trying out a new form of rehousing for the households living in squatter homes affected by [the northeast New Territories development plan].”

Under the government’s previous rehousing arrangement for these residents, those who did not meet income and asset limits of HK$10,970 and HK$242,000 respectively for a one-person household would not be given a public housing flat.

The limits under the new arrangement would be raised for public rental housing to make more people eligible, according to the source.

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Lantau reclamation project for 40,000 new homes faces funding battle in Hong Kong legislature
Two hundred hectare plan to extend Tung Chung new town needs HK$20.5 billion approved by lawmakers; government says it is ‘optimistic’
April 13, 2017
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A plan to reclaim 130 hectares of land off the northern coast of Lantau Island to offer 40,000 new homes is set for a funding battle as the city’s Development Bureau bids for HK$20.5 billion by the end of July to finance the project.

The development is part of a plan to extend Tung Chung new town by 2030.
While government officials are optimistic the city’s legislature will approve funding before Legislative Council members begin a recess in July, some lawmakers on Thursday expressed doubts, citing concerns about the environmental impact of the reclamation and a queue of other funding requests on the agenda for legislators to consider.

A government spokesman said on Thursday the bureau would put the project forward for tender mid year, and, if lawmakers approved the budget by July, reclamation could start by the end of this year.

That would enable the first phase of the extension to be completed by 2023.
“The development is a very important part of the government’s medium-term land and housing supply plan,” the spokesman said. “It is one of the top priorities on our agenda.”

The first phase of the extension, which will be built on the 130 hectares of reclaimed land, is expected to provide 40,800 flats, about 60 per cent of which would be public housing – and 40,000 new jobs.

The entire project would cover about 200 hectares and be completed by 2030. It would accommodate 144,400 people and 49,400 flats.

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Old April 23rd, 2017, 06:03 PM   #146
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Green group calls on Hong Kong government to cut back on Lantau reclamation project
Green Sense says housing need should be regulated instead of sacrificing nature
April 17, 2017
South China Morning Post Excerpt

A green group has urged the government to reduce the area of a proposed reclamation off the northern coast of Lantau Island by about 30 per cent to better protect the environment, especially a marine park which is only one kilometre away.

A funding request for the HK$20.5 billion proposal to reclaim 150 hectares of land to offer 40,800 new homes will be debated in the Legislative Council later this month.

But according to environmental group Green Sense spokesman Roy Tam Hoi-pong, the reclamation boundary, as part of the Tung Chung new town extension, is only one kilometre away from the Brothers Marine Park, which is an important habitat for the Chinese white dolphin.

He said on Monday that the site is also less than 100 metres away from Tai Ho – an area classified by the government to be of special scientific interest.

“The biggest impact of the reclamation is that there will be about 200 to 400 ships entering the nearby waters every day for the construction process, and these ships will unavoidably enter the marine park,” Tam said.

He suggested that the government reduce the reclamation area by about 30 per cent, including scrapping a proposed 10-hectare marina with 95 berths.
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Wang Chau housing project set for 79 lots, but village residents vow to fight move
Contentious sites to revert to government in three months from Tuesday
May 3, 2017
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Residents from three villages in Wang Chau have been given three months to find a new home as the government announced it would resume allocating 79 lots in the area to mark its formal launch of its controversial development project.

The Lands Department said on Tuesday that 79 private lots covering a total area of about 3.5 hectares would be resumed under the Lands Resumption Ordinance and the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance.

The resumed sites are to accommodate public housing, a school and an integrated social welfare building as well as associated infrastructure works in phase one of the development at Wang Chau in Yuen Long, a spokesman said.

The affected lots are to revert to the government in three months from Tuesday.

This will be the government’s first official move in its plan to build 4,000 public flats on a heavily vegetated green-belt site, which also involved displacing 180 households in three villages – Wing Ning Tsuen, Fung Chi Tsuen and Yeung Uk San Tsuen in Wang Chau.

The plan drew flak after the government admitted it approved the construction of 4,000 public housing flats on a green-belt site that houses the three villages, instead of also developing a larger site said to be used by powerful rural figures that could yield 13,000 more flats.

A spokesman on Tuesday said that apart from the government’s offer of ex-gratia land compensation to the affected land owners, the affected households, where eligible, would be offered accommodation in public rental housing, interim housing or applicable ex-gratia allowances.
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Barricades go up in Wang Chau after move on land
May 3, 2017
South China Morning Post Excerpt

Residents affected by a controversial public housing development plan in Hong Kong’s New Territories have blocked the entrance to the affected villages after the government’s sudden announcement launching a compulsory acquisition of the land where they built their homes.

The villagers also accused officials of bypassing normal procedure and distributing notices of the land resumption three days before it was officially announced in the government’s weekly gazette.

They are angry that the notices did not give details of the relocation or compensation arrangement.

“It was so sudden that we were all shocked [by the move],” said Chan Oi-kam, chief of Wing Ning Tsuen, one of the three villages affected by the plan.

Chan said villagers had vowed to stay until the government agreed to visit and discuss compensation.

Officers from the Lands Department entered the villages on Tuesday to affix notices, announcing that villagers were given three months to move out of their homes for the resumption of 79 private lots covering a total area of about 3.5 hectares.
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Government scales back Lantau development plan Authorities scale back the planfor Lantau
June 3, 2017
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Authorities have scaled back expansion plans for recreational development on Hong Kong’s largest outlying island after a number of leisure facilities were thought to be not feasible, according to a final blueprint unveiled on Saturday.

In the latest Sustainable Lantau Blueprint, plans to build spas and resorts on the southern shoreline of the island, a cable car extension to Tai O fishing village, an animal farm and stargazing facilities at Sunset Peak were removed.

The original proposal of developing 14 recreation and tourism areas released for public consultation last year has been whittled down to eight initiatives.
They are a water sports centre, a mountain bike training ground, camping grounds, a beach volleyball court, flower and tree appreciation areas, two heritage and nature trails and an adventure park.

“We have heard a lot from the public and conducted our own internal studies. The feasibility of carrying out [some] projects was quite low, so we decided not to go forward with them,” Director of Civil Engineering and Development Lam Sai-hung said.

Coalition slams east Lantau reclamation plan as Hong Kong’s largest white elephant, saying it is too costly and impractical

Lam added he was confident that Hongkongers would be able to use the facilities by 2023 as certain projects were already underway. The mountain bike training ground would be ready as early as next year.

The final blueprint is part of plans to transform the 147 sq km island into a commercial and tourism hub with a number of major housing, economic and recreational developments under the principle of “balancing development and conservation”.
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Hong Kong government urged to plug loophole allowing destruction of Lantau wetlands
Campaigners and district councillor decry way landowners are able to damage sensitive rural sites in bid to secure development permission
June 12, 2017
South China Morning Post Excerpt

Hong Kong’s latest blueprint for developing Lantau could lead to the destruction of large areas of precious wetland and protected coastline if the government fails to plug a legal loophole, environmentalists and a district councillor have warned.

The loophole allowed private owners to damage ecologically valuable sites – even if the lots were in protected zones – to pave the way for future land use changes, the groups said.

“We have already seen changes to wetlands under development pressure,” said Roy Ng Hei-man, campaigner for environmental group Conservancy Association.

The Development Bureau released its blueprint last Saturday with the aim of transforming the 147 sq km island into a commercial and tourism hub with a population of one million after 2030 – a ninefold increase from the current population of 110,000.

Major housing and economic developments are planned for northern and eastern parts, while the south and west will be preserved – albeit with new recreational and tourism facilities.

The area has some 140 hectares of wetland – officially designated as a coastal protection area – but Kwok estimated that one third had been filled in, dried up or had construction waste dumped on it.

He said, for example, about 40 per cent of wetland in Ham Tin village in Pui O had been damaged over the past 15 years. The owners then managed to secure approval from the town planning authority to change its land use to allow village house development on the ground that the ecological value of the sites had diminished, Kwok said.

“The government cannot enforce the law in these areas, so this kind of destroy and develop tactic has become rampant,” he said.

Although areas such as Pui O are protected zones, the planning authority does not have enforcement power because they are not covered by development permission area plans, which are designed to regulate development on agricultural land in the New Territories.

The government has refused to extend the area plans to places like Pui O, saying they are covered by outline zoning plans, which cover most of the urban areas and city outskirts, as well as outlying islands.

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Nov 15, 2017
Hong Kong Economic Journal Excerpt
Green groups hit out again at Lok Ma Chau Loop development plan

With the government completing a consultation exercise on the development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop, environmental organizations have again expressed their opposition to the plan, citing threats to the biodiversity in the area.

Environmentalists insisted that the plan, which would entail a lot of construction activity and new structures being put up, will bring about irreversible damage to the biodiversity and living environment near the Lok Ma Chau area.

They argued that the government must reduce the developmental density and increase the buffer areas, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The Lok Ma Chau Loop plan has been discussed over nine years and authorities held two public consultations.

The latest consultation on the proposed development ended in mid-August after a proposal was laid out in June.

The Town Planning Board (TPB) is said to have received serious feedback from eight entities, of which only one supported the government’s plan.

Under a plan agreed earlier this year by the Hong Kong and Shenzhen governments, the Lok Ma Chau Loop will be used in part for development of an innovation and technology park.

That would mean constructing new roads, sewage systems and various buildings in the area, prompting an outcry from environmentalists who feared an ecological disaster.

According to the plans, around 53.49 hectares will be used for education, culture, innovative industries, research and development, an ecological zone, and a sewage treatment plant.

The TPB believes that once the place is fully developed there will be around 50,000 to 53,000 students and workers in the area.

After the second consultation ended on August 9, only the San Tin Rural Committee had supported the idea, even suggesting that they open up new traffic networks to support the development.

The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Office (HKBWS) and the Conservancy Association, meanwhile, were among seven entities that submitted statements voicing their opposition to the development.

Most of them stressed that the loop is part of the Mai Po Marshes and that the development would cause irreversible harm to the environment.
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Jobs bonanza tipped for new tech park
Aug 28, 2017
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Some 50,000 jobs will be created at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop, according to Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

The park will attract top research institutes, tertiary education and companies.

Cheung visited Guangzhou on Friday, during which he discussed with Hong Kong businessmen and students the challenges they faced in the mainland.

Writing in his blog, the chief secretary said the park will be completed in 2020. It is expected to bring HK$57 billion a year to Hong Kong apart from 50,000 jobs.

On his one-day trip to Guangzhou, Cheung visited iFLYTEK - a company founded by students from the University of Science and Technology of China - which specializes in speech recognition and artificial intelligence technologies.

Cheung expects technological exchanges to bloom in the park, which will be an innovation and technology platform with an area four times bigger than the Hong Kong Science Park in Tai Po.

Located at the SAR's northern border, the park is an important infrastructure project for Hong Kong and will serve as a base for cooperation in innovation and technology research between the two cities.

Governed by Hong Kong laws and under the management of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Cooperation, the platform is expected to attract top enterprises, research and development institutions and higher education institutes.
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Advisers focus on loop area development
Jan 16, 2018
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FUTURE development of the Lok Ma Chau Loop area was a key issue discussed during a panel discussion of the fourth meeting of the Sixth Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Chinese Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), which opened yesterday.

Political advisers, including dozens of CPPCC members from Hong Kong, put forward a few proposals yesterday to enhance the development of the area located near Futian District between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Since Premier Li Keqiang debuted the concept of the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Greater Bay Area last March, much attention has been paid to the development among the three regions.

The Lok Ma Chau Loop area, managed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), is believed to be one of the major sites for joint development in the Greater Bay Area, especially between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

The proposals raised by the political advisers covered various aspects regarding the area’s development, with some advising that the loop area incorporate special administration rules to facilitate more effective cooperation between the two cities, while others giving more specific suggestions, such as bringing in more projects from the medicine or technology sectors.

Luo Xiaoyin, one of the CPPCC members, suggested that the Futian District Government, Shenzhen’s foreign affairs bureau and other related departments on the Shenzhen side, set up an innovative management system that only applies to enterprises and personnel that have settled in the loop area.

According to Luo, the system could align with favorable policies to help create more job and business opportunities for youths from both Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Cooperative projects in the technology sector was another hot topic at the panel discussion. Members from Shenzhen’s CPPCC foreign affairs committee suggested that more work be done to boost the construction of technology parks in the loop area so as to solicit more high-tech firms and startups.

The committee members introduced the new concept, the “Greater Loop Area,” in the proposal, and attempted to enlarge the area’s influence by including three areas in Shenzhen, namely the parking area at Huanggang Checkpoint, the Futian Free Trade Zone and a smaller loop area in Luohu District.
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HK spending on border IT loop questioned
Mar 29, 2018
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Hong Kong should not be spending HK$75 billion on the Lok Ma Chau Loop for the sole benefit of Shenzhen enterprises, lawmakers said.

The government is requesting HK$800 million from the Legislative Council for preliminary work on the loop area project.

Construction is expected to start in the middle of this year, and the first usable piece of land will be developed by Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park Limited in 2021.

In a Legislative Council Public Works Subcommittee meeting yesterday, Hong Kong First lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching questioned if the city would bear the brunt of the costs while Shenzhen would reap the benefits.

Democratic Party legislator Wu Chi-wai also called on the government to attract international enterprises instead of relying on the mainland. By doing so, the hub will play a leading role in the city's IT development, he said.

A lawmaker for the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, Lau Kwok-fun, said that when developing the science hub the SAR government should take transportation in the northeastern part of the New Territories into consideration.

His fellow party member, Leung Che-cheung, said construction at the Lok Ma Chau Loop is expected to be complete in 10 years. However, he hopes that the process can be speeded up.

He also expressed his concerns about the traffic flow in the district, as trucks will frequently travel in the area during the construction period.

Civic Party legislator Kwok Ka-ki said the construction of the new science park is likely to go over-budget and may cost HK$100 billion.

He said many mainland enterprises are expected to join the hub, and added that the Chinese government should also pay for the construction of the venue.

Commissioner for Innovation and Technology Annie Choi Suk-han expects the new science park to have an annual income of HK$60 billion and create 50,000 jobs.
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The idyllic Hong Kong town that exists only in the minds of a group of architecture students – for now
Group from Technological and Higher Education Institute sees return to rural ways as perfect plan for new development in city’s far north
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August 6, 2018

This 450-hectare new town in Hong Kong’s far north is unlike any other in the city. Here life is idyllic.

Residents grow their own food nearby, the hillside is covered with carpets of fresh green tea terraces, visitors ride through orchards on horseback, and people live in harmony with birds, cows and fireflies.

There is only one problem: the town has not been built yet.

The bucolic lifestyle is envisioned by a group of landscape architecture students and graduates in their proposed agriculture-themed planning for the unbuilt spaces in the Kwu Tung North new development area.

Together with Fanling North, the two new towns are part of what was known as the North East New Territories New Development Areas.

On its own, Kwu Tung North will provide some 70 hectares of residential land for 110,000 people, 30 hectares of open spaces, 125 hectares of green belts and 80 hectares of agricultural zones. The government is now acquiring privately owned land in the areas for development.

There has not been detailed planning for the open spaces, green belt and agricultural land, which is where the six-person group from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEI) come in with their proposal.

The project is organised by non-governmental group Asian-habitat Society.

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Hong Kong lawmakers accuse officials of being ‘overly worried’ about farmers building homes in new towns of Fanling North and Kwu Tung North
Backlash comes after development chief says relocated farmers would not be allowed to build homes on their own farmland
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Apr 26, 2019


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Lawmakers accused government officials on Friday of being “overly worried” that New Territories farmers would exploit a housing compensation plan by building unauthorised homes after being relocated in a new town project.

The backlash came after Bernadette Linn Hon-ho, the Permanent Secretary for Development, told lawmakers at a finance committee meeting of the Legislative Council that relocated farmers in the government’s Kwu Tung North and Fanling North new town developments would not be allowed to build homes on their own farmland.

Linn explained: “If we allow villagers to find a squatter house on a piece of farmland to live in, they will be given a house as compensation when the government [one day] clears them for development purposes.”

She said this would create a market for squatter houses almost immediately, and pointed out that the government could not sustain such a policy.

Many full-time farmers in Hong Kong live near their fields, having to work long days and start from the early hours in the morning.

Under the relocation plan, farmers would need to travel between their farm and the public housing flats they will be relocated to.

Only temporary lodging facilities of roughly 100 square feet would be built on the site if they needed a place to rest so they could tend to their crops in the early hours.

The issue was raised on Friday because the government was seeking at least HK$32.9 billion (US$4.1 billion) for proposed infrastructure works and a detailed study to push forward the decades-old new town project.

The project would displace about 1,500 households to provide 71,800 flats by 2031. The first phase is expected to relocate about 445 households and 141 businesses, with residents able to move in from 2023.
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Old protest at the new
4 May 2019
South China Morning Post

Villagers set to be displaced by a new town project in the New Territories protest outside the Legislative Council complex ahead of a Finance Committee meeting yesterday.

After a gruelling five-hour session, lawmakers approved HK$33.5 billion in funding for infrastructure work and a detailed study to push forward the Kwu Tung North and Fanling North new town plan.

Some of the 40 protesters, who included those over 90 years old and in wheelchairs, feared they would be evicted from their homes before being rehoused. Others wanted the plan scrapped.

The project will displace about 1,500 households to provide 71,800 flats by 2031. The first phase is expected to relocate about 445 households and 141 businesses, with residents able to move in from 2023.

Thirty-five lawmakers voted to approve the funding, 12 voted against and none abstained.

The green light for the scheme has put an end to debate over the controversial new town, which has sparked years of protests. Photo: Nora Tam
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實地考察古洞南農業園選址 Visit to proposed site for Agricultural Park in Kwu Tung South by 立法會 Legislative Council, on Flickr

實地考察古洞南農業園選址 Visit to proposed site for Agricultural Park in Kwu Tung South by 立法會 Legislative Council, on Flickr
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As Hong Kong’s last villages bow to development, what happens to their animals?
Some 4,000 animals affected by Kwu Tung North and Fanling North housing projects will become homeless when residents relocate
A 10-strong group is fighting a lone battle to sterilise and promote adoption for cats and dogs, while expert and lawmaker say government should do more

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Sep 7, 2019

In the northeast New Territories of Hong Kong sits a quiet village untouched by the city’s dense urban jungle, where fresh air, rolling hills and wide open spaces provide a sanctuary that Becky Au Hei-man, 34, has known all her life.

Au grew up in Ma Shi Po Village in Fanling where her family has been tending farmland since the 1940s. On a typical day, when she is not helping with farm work, she sits at her doorstep, taking in the breeze and sprawling greenery around her, while one of her dogs, Mui Mui, a rambunctious one-year-old, runs circles around her, and her other 10-year-old canine rests in the shade. She has a cat, which is usually curled up somewhere in an aloof, snoozing bundle.

Tranquil scenes like this, unfortunately, will come to an end for Au, as her community – one of the last farming villages in Hong Kong – will soon be swallowed up by a government land supply project, with residents forced to move out.

Au says she cannot imagine moving to the city and living amid its maddening pace, let alone abandoning her pets as there may be no space for them. She has vowed to take them wherever she moves to, but resettling will not be easy.

“They are my ‘sisters’, how can I leave them?” she says. “Like me, they grew up here. They will have difficulties adapting to a new environment.”

Au’s pets are among some 4,000 animals – 90 per cent of them cats and dogs while the rest include sheep, turtles and pigs – living in Kwu Tung North and Fanling North, close to the border with Shenzhen.

Under a government plan more than a decade in the making to free up more land for the space-starved city starting this year, many animals, an aspect often overlooked by planners, may be left homeless.

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Sep 13, 2019
Beijing piles pressure on Hong Kong developers, calling on government to seize land being ‘hoarded for profit’
Three commentaries published by state media single out unaffordable housing as a ‘root cause’ behind young people taking to the streets in anti-government protests
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has previously been reluctant to invoke law in past pointing to potential legal ramifications of such a move


Beijing is piling pressure on Hong Kong’s property tycoons to help ease the city’s crippling political crisis and social unrest, with state media urging the local government to boost housing by seizing land being hoarded by developers with “vested interests”.

Commentaries published on Friday by the official Xinhua news agency and People’s Daily, as well as an editorial in the hardline tabloid Global Times, singled out unaffordable housing as a “root cause” behind young people taking to the streets in anti-government protests that have rocked the city for months.

State media have played a significant role recently in bringing about changes in Hong Kong to handle the crisis more proactively: Cathay Pacific began cracking down on employees taking part in illegal protests and reshuffled its top management after the city’s flagship carrier came under severe criticism for its hands-off approach; and the MTR Corporation started closing metro stations and asking police to take action after the rail operator was accused of allowing protesters to use its network to their advantage.

This time state media specifically endorsed a proposal by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the city’s largest pro-Beijing party, for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to invoke the Lands Resumption Ordinance and take back large swathes of rural land lying unused as a quick option to tackle the shortage of land for housing.

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