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  1. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Key housing committee warns over rent controls, building on country parks

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 05:40pm by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... for “subdivided flats” – and advised against using country park land for building homes. In its report released on Monday, the Long-term Housing Strategy Steering Committee also warns against offering ...

  2. News - China - HOUSING

    One dead in Ningbo apartment collapse

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 03:35am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com Investigation after collapse of Ningbo apartment block kills woman An apartment building that officials said was home to 15 families collapsed near ... a loud noise in the morning and felt the building was about to shift. They shouted: "Get out! The building is falling." The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Residents ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Housing Authority finance chief says task force proposals are ‘unrealistic’

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 11:27am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... been raised over its financial health as the government embarks on an ambitious home-building programme and construction costs soar. The authority recently projected that its cash ... Chun-ying has announced a target of building an average 20,000 new public rental flats and 8,000 new HOS flats a year. Experience has shown that the sales revenue from each HOS flat can support two ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Demand will ensure private flats are built, says Paul Chan

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 04:11am by Olga Wong

    ... came to nothing. The latest setback occurred on Thursday, when the Kwai Tsing district council shot down a government proposal to rezone three public sites in order to build 1,320 private ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Development secretary Paul Chan floats idea of building flats in country parks

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI, Stuart Lau

    ... park flats The development minister has floated the idea of building flats on land in country parks, questioning whether such a controversial option was "untouchable ... a proposal to build 470,000 flats in the next 10 years, a target criticised as unattainable given the limited land supply. Chan wrote on his blog yesterday that society should discuss and explore ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Kuk leader suggests building high-rise to meet village house demands

    Posted Sep 12th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Lau Wong-fat suggests six villages where local people could be housed in taller buildings and says Shenzhen model could set example to city Kuk leader keen on high-rise solution Six villages in Yuen Long and Sha Tin have been named by rural chief Lau Wong-fat as suitable sites to build multi-storey flats for indigenous villagers, a measure proposed ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Urban Renewal Authority rules out renovation for unsafe building

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Residents of unsafe block on their own with revamp Residents living in a dangerous building in To Kwa Wan will have to solve redevelopment problems ... A source close to the authority said board members were worried that a proactive move by the authority would set a bad precedent for flat owners in other buildings in poor condition. ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    MTR Corp not pulling its weight on housing needs, says Paul Chan

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 11:37pm by Olga Wong

    ... to what would be a major policy change, Chan said the government would negotiate with the MTR Corp about building subsidised housing on a site in Tin Shui Wai. The company has launched only three ... to satisfy tender conditions. The rail giant now builds only private flats and is not required to provide any public housing. "We are considering the [subsidised housing] option seriously ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Building renovation scheme targets criminals in construction trade

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 12:00am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com RenoSafe programme launched amid rising criminal involvement in renovation work Scheme targets triads in building trade As the age of Hong Kong's buildings creeps up and renovations are increasingly required, opportunities for criminals to cash in on the construction trade are growing, according to police. But yesterday a new initiative, ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Buildings Department rethinks tenement plan

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 02:41pm by Olga Wong and Samuel Chan

    ... Olga Wong and Samuel Chan Residents still angry as they must leave homes for three weeks, with no promises of relocation Buildings Department rethinks tenement plan The residents of a To Kwa Wan tenement deemed unsafe may be able to stay in their homes, but they will still have to vacate them for three weeks. The Buildings Department acceded to residents' demands ...




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