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  1. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, November 26, 2012

    Posted Nov 26th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... converting empty industrial buildings into hostels for university students ("Sensible way to ease hostel shortage", November 19). Even if converting buildings designed for non-residential purposes is workable, money would still be needed to get them up to the standards required for residential premises. There is a far more sensible solution to deal with the accommodation shortage; ...

  2. Market boom goes against the tide

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Figures from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents show this is almost double the level of return available on other buy-to-let properties, which is 4.9 per cent. Student housing rental returns are relatively high because tenant demand is large and growing, and sales prices are relatively low compared with mainstream residential property. The university town of Nottingham has ...

  3. 40pc of sites in residential area non-residential

    Posted Aug 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Paggie Leung paggie.leung@scmp.com The government has been urged to review its town planning policy after a property consultancy found nearly 40 per cent of plots in Kowloon Tong- primarily zoned for residential use- have been used for educational or commercial purposes. Knight Frank found 91 of 227 plots around Waterloo Road and the area's MTR lines have been used ...

  4. Plan to limit cash held by subsidised schools

    Posted Oct 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... money on stocks and properties, in some cases on luxury residential homes for senior staff. Under the new proposal, school heads must notify authorities if their reserve exceeds the 12-month ... six-month cash buffer was too stringent, warning it could affect liquidity and make property purchases difficult. Tougher guidelines on the types of investment a school can make are also ...

  5. Talkback

    Posted Jun 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have these sites not been considered by officials? Why are they opting for a possible site in a densely populated area which includes residential property, nursery schools and shops? ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, December 2, 2012

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... houses I agree with Trevor Yeung about the problems connected with the government's measures to mitigate the property market ("We need more reclamation projects", November 27). ... for housing. I believe the government should meet the housing demand converting all unused land into public residential use. The government hoards and then sells at the best time to private developers ...

  7. An education in relative values

    Posted Nov 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... be high-fiving themselves. In May, the government sold the site to Sun Hung Kai Properties for HK$4.49 billion, or HK$24,829 per buildable square foot, making it the third most expensive residential site ...

  8. All talk and no action on the policy front

    Posted Apr 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the day. Bus and minibus operators are more than happy about this situation, and that is why this area is quite well served by public transport, a fact that boosts property prices there. The university and nearby residential blocks now complement each other, and the campus extension can only improve this situation. The government also plans to build an escalator from King's Road ...

  9. Redevelopment of Pok Fu Lam school delayed

    Posted Jun 26th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... a decision on the school's application to turn its waterfront Pok Fu Lam campus into top-end residential blocks. The Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired has a redevelopment agreement with developer Hang Lung Properties to turn the site into luxury flats and has repeatedly applied to the board to change the zoning of the land from 'government, institution ...

  10. Parents pay the price in grey area of school entry

    Posted May 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... schools. Young parents spend more than 1 million yuan (HK$1.23 million) to buy such a home so their hukou, or family's registered residential status, can be transferred to a district included in the catchment area of a top school. In Shanghai, such flats are regarded as an expensive ticket to a top primary school. However, some of the children, despite having the required residential ...




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