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  1. The small-house policy is causing needless divisions in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Regarding Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's thinking on ending the small-house policy (when she was development secretary), I write to support her views on this matter. ... to the government for land to build. And it is unsustainable because there is simply not enough land for all the indigenous people to build their small houses. Hong Kong's indigenous people believe ...

  2. Indigenous villagers struggling to get small house with shortage of land

    Posted Jul 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... the right to build a small house if I have a plot of land. This is becoming more difficult, as land is now limited. The maximum size permitted is 700 square foot per floor, but building a house of this size is subject to the size of plot of land available. It costs a great deal of money to get someone to build the house. Our ancestors and their descendants have lived in the same village ...

  3. Sustainable housing policy a priority for restructured government bureaus

    Posted Jun 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for a sustainable housing policy for Hong Kong. We should strike a balance between the development of sufficient supply annually of public housing- both rental and for sale- and of sufficient supply ... and Housing Bureau to be combined into a new Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau for the purposes of better co-ordination and more efficiency. Recently at a trade luncheon, a lady sitting near me said ...

  4. Serve the housing needs of poor first

    Posted Feb 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... A happy and worry-free retirement life remains the universal dream of most people. In Hong Kong this goal is arguably more difficult to achieve due to a lack of affordable housing ... for the elderly launched by the quasi-official Housing Society has drawn mixed reactions from the public. Dubbed the platinum club for the well-to-do, the 'Joyous Living' projects in North Point ...

  5. C.Y.'s housing plan falls flat on credibility

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp Chief executive hopeful Leung Chun-ying suggests limiting the sales of new flats to Hong Kong residents, as part of his land policy proposal to increase land supply and keep property prices at a reasonable level. SCMP, January 6 For a pr ...

  6. Planning ahead for public housing must include developing the New Territories

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the article ('Final address must tackle housing issue', October 12). It was unfortunate that, under our first chief executive, an extreme policy of building 85,000 ... the Home Ownership Scheme altogether. This has led to great hardship, caused by unaffordable housing, for a large section of our community. As a former member of both the Town Planning Board ...

  7. Housing chief rejects quip by Beijing

    Posted Jun 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong Dennis.chong@scmp.com The housing minister has challenged the assertion by top mainland official Wang Guangya that Macau is progressing more quickly than Hong Kong in building affordable housing for its residents. The rebuttal by Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng came a day after the central government's Hong Kong and Macau affairs chief said Macau ...

  8. Housing concerns begin at home

    Posted Jun 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Beijing's director of Hong Kong affairs, Wang Guangya, says our city urgently needs to sort out our housing issue. He might have been sharing a home truth. The mainland aims to build ... remark at the existing Hong Kong administration or setting the agenda for a new chief executive to be elected next year. But there is no question our city needs to have a debate about the housing ...

  9. Poor rating for public housing service

    Posted Apr 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Maggie Tam Public housing officials offer the city's least satisfactory government service, according to a Hong Kong Research Association's random telephone survey of 1,662 people this month. Rubbish recycling and public health care services are rated the next two least satisfactory items while the highest ratings cover electricity, water supplies and emergency ...

  10. Getting our house in order for investment

    Posted Oct 25th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... William Hague Last week, Britain's coalition government announced its spending plans for the next four years. We are taking urgent steps to reduce the national debt and deal with the fiscal legacy we inherited. And we have set out to reinvigorate Bri ...




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