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  1. 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
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - DEVELOPMENT

    Top mainland cities bend rules on home pre-sale price limits

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 11:44am by Langi Chiang

    ... district, with the highest price set at 100,537 yuan per square metre for a 352.54 square-metre house. The developer declined to comment on whether it made a compromise deal with the government ... has said it would let cities address their own housing problems without imposing nationwide policies. But analysts expect the latest signs of price-cap easing will boost developers’ confidence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1414851/top-mainland-cities-bend-rules-home-pre-sale-price-limits
  3. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    District councillors slam plan to rezone Stanley sites for luxury flats

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 04:03am by Ernest Kao

    ... luxury developments. But poverty- you will only have added to it," Chai said, referring to the city's widening wealth gap, partly fuelled by out-of-reach housing prices. Pok Fu Lam ... said. "It is obvious that ordinary citizens will not be able to afford these four-storey low-rises … One must ask, how will this help to solve the city's housing problems?" Wah Fu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462072/district-councillors-slam-plan-rezone-stanley-sites-luxury-flats
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Leung Chun-ying's housing target at risk, new tack on development shows

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 02:59am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Experts say time running out to meet housing goal as pressure grows for development deals C.Y. Leung’s target for new homes is ‘under threat’ An unusual decision ... for the rights to develop a major residential site in Tin Shui Wai. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had pledged to supply 20,000 new flats a year as part of a plan to tackle soaring housing inflation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1395396/leung-chun-yings-housing-target-risk-new-tack-development-shows
  5. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Population of Lamma Island will double under new housing plan

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 03:16am by Olga Wong

    ... population of Lamma A refined housing and tourism development plan released yesterday would see Lamma Island's population almost double from 5,900 to nearly 11,000. And about one-third of new residents would live in subsidised flats under the proposal. The mixed housing development, at a 20-hectare former quarry along the northern coast of Sok Kwu Wan, would also feature a resort ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1447296/former-quarry-plan-would-double-population-lamma-island
  6. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Doubts over housing plan as another district council objects to rezoning

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 04:32am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Housing plan in doubt as rezoning is opposed Doubts have been cast over the government's ambitious housing programme after another district council objected to its plans for rezoning land- this time regarding proposals for more than 2,100 public and private flats. At a meeting of the Planning Department and Kwai Tsing District Council ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1448177/doubts-over-housing-plan-another-district-council-objects-rezoning
  7. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Town of 90,000 planned for rural Yuen Long areas

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 05:13am by FANNY FUNG

    ... The largely rural Kam Tin South and Pat Heung areas in Yuen Long will become a suburban township with a population of more than 90,000 under the government's latest housing plan. Details emerged ... sites with a total area of 152 hectares would be used to build about 33,700 flats, with public and private housing each accounting for half. Together they are expected to house a population ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1476881/town-90000-planned-rural-yuen-long-areas
  8. News - China - DEVELOPMENT

    Hebei cities poised to ease burden on Beijing, become its satellites

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 11:43pm by Andrea Chen

    ... Commission, which is in charge of co-ordinating Jing-Jin-Ji development, has denied such plans. Yet money has started to flow into Baoding, sending property prices and local companies' stock prices higher. Baoding, described as the "south gate of Beijing" on its official website, has seen its standing rise and wane over the decades. It has 3,000 years of history, and housed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1458821/hebei-cities-poised-ease-burden-beijing-become-its-satellites
  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Big cuts to cost of border crossing ruled out

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 05:13am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Big cuts to cost of border crossing ruled out Development officials have trimmed the cost of a new border crossing point by just 1.2 per cent, effectively stonewalling a demand by legislators to reduce its soaring price tag. They also dismissed money-saving suggestions from lawmakers, arguing that their ideas would end up increasing the total cost ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1476739/big-cuts-cost-border-crossing-ruled-out
  10. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Shui On boss Vincent Lo Hong-sui calls for 'revolution' in planning process

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 11:41am by Tanna Chong

    ... sentiment in the city, was a remnant of the previous government. "Housing prices are totally unreasonable now. The previous regime did not do anything," he said, referring ... Tanna Chong in Beijing tanna.chong@scmp.com Urgent overhaul is needed to speed up building of flats, and the city's housing problems aren't Leung Chun-ying's fault, property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1445955/shui-on-boss-vincent-lo-hong-sui-revolution-planning-housing

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