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  1. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Chuk Yuen border village balances on the edge of change

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 03:38am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... was unfair. "They indigenous residents can get a lot of land, but we don't. It is very difficult for us to build new houses," she said. Yiu said cross-border parallel-goods traders ... plan and she will have to move out by the middle of next year. Because her house is deemed a "squatter structure", Yau has not been given the option of moving into the new village ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1590363/chuk-yuen-border-village-balances-edge-change
  2. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Chuk Yuen villagers' delay bid could hit border project deadline

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 02:42am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... villagers, 14 have opted to have houses built for them by the government, while 12 have accepted up to HK$2.3 million in compensation and the right to build their own home in the new village. A further 16 have been given land to build a house at their own expense. The non-indigenous villagers, who have fewer rights over their land, are receiving up to HK$600,000 compensation per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1590221/chuk-yuen-villagers-delay-bid-could-hit-border-project-deadline
  3. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    URA's plan to revitalise old flats in To Kwa Wan falls through

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 03:23am by Olga Wong

    ... to ask investors who are renting out their flats to accept an offer lower than they expect." Property prices are still rising despite the introduction in February of double stamp duty on buying a second flat. Figures from the Centa-City Leading Index show that flat prices have risen 7.5 per cent since the measure was implemented. But Chau kwong-wing, chair professor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588085/uras-plan-revitalise-old-flats-kwa-wan-falls-through
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    CY faces revolt over green-belt housing

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 06:05am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... "If wherever is green can't be used for housing, Hong Kong will have to bear the cost of social unrest brought by high property prices." Watch: Rezoning of Tai Po green belt site ... revolt over green-belt housing Housing plans targeting the city's green belts are raising the ire of residents and, according to environmentalists, run contrary to Chief Executive Leung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1498541/cy-faces-revolt-over-green-belt-housing
  5. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Tai O's stilt houses safe despite new zoning, say planning officials

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 03:14am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Stilt houses safe despite new zoning Town planners have zoned the land on which Tai O's stilt houses stand as residential- despite an ongoing ... for conventional dwellings. Under an outline plan for the Tai O Town Centre, six hectares of land on the banks of Tai O Creek and along Shek Tsai Po Street- mainly occupied by wooden stilt houses built ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1546785/tai-os-stilt-houses-safe-despite-new-zoning-say-planning-officials
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - DEVELOPMENT

    Leung Chun-ying's housing push puts industrial sector out

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by Peggy Sito, Yvonne Liu

    ... Peggy Sito and Yvonne Liu Chief executive's focus on building homes is making space for other uses scarce, say critics who want to a see a broader development plan Housing push puts industrial sector out The government's bias towards housing development in planning policy has left business owners crying out for industrial space. As Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1544393/leung-chun-yings-housing-push-puts-industrial-sector-out
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - DEVELOPMENT

    Policy slant towards housing 'infringing the rights of developers'

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by Yvonne Liu

    ... housing, property analysts say. The concerns centre on the Town Planning Board's track record over the past 12 months in decisions that fuel perceptions that housing policy is given ... affect the city's housing supply. "It infringes private property rights if the authority rejects these sites suitable for commercial development to meet the government housing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1544390/policy-slant-towards-housing-infringing-rights-developers
  8. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Tung Chung expansion to focus on the east

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 02:57am by FANNY FUNG

    ... as public housing; the rest private. It will also provide space for shops with a total gross floor area of about 300,000 square metres and the development of hotels with a total of 1,000 rooms. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574407/tung-chung-expansion-focus-east
  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    No legal barrier to making 'small houses' bigger, HKU law dean says

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 07:11am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com HKU law dean says there are no legal barriers to lifting three-storey limit- but a key tenet of the small-house policy could be challenged Law won't stop small houses getting bigger Any move to ease height limits on future homes granted to New Territories villagers would face no legal barriers, a leading academic says- though a key tenet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1406333/no-legal-barrier-making-small-houses-bigger-hku-law-dean-says
  10. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Official in lands row to get new posting

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 05:28am by Olga Wong, FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Planning Board's Rural and New Town Planning Committee, of which Lam is an official member, approved the couple's application to build four houses on the land. Lam had declared her ... that Lam and her husband had set up a firm called Quantum House Surveyors in 1996. At the time, she was a senior estate surveyor at the Lands Department but did not declare her business interest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1568719/official-lands-row-get-new-posting

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