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  1. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Longer wait for flats on the cards amid building shortfall

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 04:57am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Housing Authority says only 8,900 public rental homes will be completed this year- far below target- but it expects to catch up soon Longer waits for flats amid shortfall The Housing Authority may "for a short period of time" fail to keep the average waiting time for public rental housing within three years. The authority said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557701/expect-longer-waits-flats-amid-shortfall-well-catch-soon-says-housing
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - DEVELOPMENT

    Hong Kong needs master plan for urban development, architect says

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:19pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... to tackle the housing shortage, he suggested the government adopt an integrated approach. Residents in new districts have to shoulder high transport costs to work in the urban area. He said it would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1556972/hong-kong-needs-master-plan-urban-development-architect
  6. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Speed of construction is draw of the mainland for Hong Kong architects

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 03:26am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... won't approve them. Sometimes we can't build even one floor in four years because of the procedures." Yet Ho, a member of the Housing Authority, also admits it can be disconcerting ... geometric" shapes, representing innovation, said Ho. The main colour scheme will be simple black, white and grey. Ho's design also draws inspiration from Silicon Valley, with its plentiful open ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1545080/speed-construction-draw-mainland-hong-kong-architects
  7. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    New town in northeast New Territories threatens businesses and jobs

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Olga Wong

    ... to increase the housing supply and thus rein in property prices. The area includes at least five non-indigenous villages in Kwu Tung and Fanling North, and at least 70 per cent of the land is privately owned. Starting in 2018, more than 60,000 new public and private flats would be built, to house 174,000 residents. The new towns would also include shops, offices, schools and hospitals- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548174/new-town-northeast-new-territories-threatens-businesses-and-jobs
  8. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Non-indigenous villagers lose out in compensation for loss of their homes

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Olga Wong

    ... as early as 1900, according to local records. But that doesn't meet the legal definition of indigenous village established when the government launched its small-house policy: one that existed before 1898- when Britain leased the New Territories from China. And only native people are given new land when their homes lie in development zones. Houses built by non-indigenous villagers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548175/non-indigenous-villagers-lose-out-compensation-loss-their-homes
  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    New compensation model for displaced villagers proposed by HKU economist

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 03:41am by FANNY FUNG

    ... at a Redefining Hong Kong seminar organised by the South China Morning Post to discuss housing policy, he said he believed villagers would be willing to give up agricultural life if they were given economically favourable terms. "What's wrong with having them pay HK$100,000 for a HK$1 million unit, for example?" he asked. Borrowing experience from the Housing and Development Board ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1542112/new-compensation-model-displaced-villagers-proposed-hku-economist
  10. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Urban renewal needs more funding: lawmakers to government

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 04:49am by Olga Wong

    ... with the Housing Society instead. "Making profit should not be the authority's priority. Its job should be to improve the living environment," New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip ... than by the authority, To added. His party colleague Wu Chi-wai said the authority should work with the Housing Society- a non-profit group with a focus on building subsidised flats- if it had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1539816/urban-renewal-needs-more-funding-lawmakers-government

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