Adviser offers new ways to increase housing space in Kai Tak

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 12:52pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 9:42pm

A housing adviser has suggested a compromise solution for increasing the space for new housing in Kai Tak without relocating a planned world-class sports complex.

Speaking on a Tuesday morning radio programme, Michael Choi Ngai-min, a member of the Long Term Housing Strategy Committee, said more room for homes could be created by trimming 20 hectares from the open space and recreational land planned for the Kai Tak development.

In this scenario the sports complex could remain in Kai Tak, he said.

On Sunday, Choi had suggested moving the sports stadiums to a different part of the city, which sparked strong objections from the athletic community. The complex of three stadiums are planned to take up 20 hectares in the new development.

“Officials could review the open-space sites and come up with a win-win option [for sports and housing],” Choi said.

He also suggested another solution: reducing the size of the sports complex by half, using 10 of its hectares for housing.

His comments came a day after local Olympic medalists and sports sector leaders threatened to take to the streets if the stadiums – in planning for a decade for the Kai Tak site - were relocated.

Their move to Lantau Island has been floated by anonymous government sources and supported by advisers like Choi, but no officials have come forward to explain the idea in detail.

Relocating the stadium, Choi said on Sunday, would create space for an extra 39,500 homes, raising the total to 70,000 units.

Ma Fung-kwok, the lawmaker representing the sports, performing arts, culture and publication sector, said on the same programme that the government should honour its promise to build the stadiums in Kai Tak. Any alternative plan that delayed the project, or moved it to a less convenient location, would be unacceptable.