Lobby group's plan would add 12,000 units at Kai Tak site
Move stadium south and scrap luxury flats to increase amount of housing, group says
Jolie Ho and Ng Kang-chung
An independent lobby group is urging the government to scrap 1,300 luxury units plans at the Kai Tak site - the latest effort to increase the amount of public housing at the former airport.
The "Kai Tak for the People" plan put forward by The Professional Commons calls for 12,000 public housing units to be built on eight hectares currently reserved for one of two stadiums planned for the northern end of the site. The extra units would provide housing for a total of 115,000 people, up from 86,000 under the current plan.
But the changes would require relocating one of the stadiums - the smaller of the two - to a space further south along the former runway now envisioned as parkland. Replacing the park would, in turn, require scrapping the luxury flats planned further to the south.
"We are only proposing to make a mild change, which will increase the population by about 32,000 in public housing units and decrease the 3,000 population in luxury flats," said Stanley Ng Wing-fai, a town planner and spokesman for The Professional Commons.
The plan is the latest attempt to squeeze more housing on the site as a solution to the city's ongoing housing crunch. Last month, the government rejected proposals to relocate the entire 24-hectare sports hub to Lantau Island to make way for thousands of additional homes.
The Development Bureau said yesterday there was still room to revisit the Kai Tak development plan, provided the proposed multi-purpose stadium complex remained.
But it cautioned that major changes may no longer be feasible and said any substantial changes would have to meet all consultation procedures and other statutory requirements