Development Bureau

Bureau boosts plot ratios at Anderson Road Quarry site

Anderson Road Quarry. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The government will increase the development density of a quarry site earmarked for new housing in East Kowloon, making room for an extra 760 flats. The Development Bureau said yesterday the move was in line with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address a month ago. Leung said the bureau was working with the Planning Department to increase the development density of unleased or unallocated residential sites to boost the supply of land for housing in the short to medium term.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 5:24am 1 comment

Councillors slam Development Bureau's no-show in meeting

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Dickson Lee

Southern District councillors said yesterday they would submit to the chief executive a letter of condemnation against the Development Bureau.

The councillors' decision comes after the bureau failed to send a representative to a meeting yesterday to explain to them the government's planned lifting of development restrictions in Pok Fu Lam.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Land supply enough for years to come

Paul Chan Mo-po. Photo: Sam Tsang

The amount of vacant government land could be enough to support the city's housing supply for four years, the latest official figures suggest.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:06am

Development chief Paul Chan to co-operate in drink-driving inquiry

Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po in August. Photo: Sam Tsang

The development secretary has volunteered to help police investigate a newspaper claim that he recently drove his car under the influence of alcohol, he said on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Development Bureau criticised for not knowing land availability

The affected villages are Kwu Tung, Ta Kwu Ling (bottom right) and Ping Che (left).

The Development Bureau came under fire yesterday for being unable to give details about how much of its vacant land was available for housing. On Saturday, bureau chief Paul Chan Mo-po told a chaotic public forum that it had 2,100 hectares, of which 1,200 was designated for building village houses. But yesterday the bureau could not say exactly how much of this would be available for building flats. One source close to the bureau said the figure was less than 400 hectares.

25 Sep 2012 - 9:29am 2 comments

West wing still has date with wrecking ball

The government has infuriated conservationists by announcing that the west wing of its former headquarters will be bulldozed - and basing its decision on advice from a panel of experts who say the building should be saved.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Border families' HK$200m payout

Hundreds of households living near the mainland border area may receive total compensation of more than HK$200 million over the construction of a new cross-border checkpoint - if lawmakers approve the payout.

18 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Who's really to blame for any 'transfer of benefit'?

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's cosy ties with tycoons have drawn a huge public outcry. One incident of alleged misconduct now under intense public scrutiny is the use of a private aircraft owned by mainland property tycoon Cheung Chung-kiu, also known as Zhang Songqiao, on a Phuket holiday.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Relief at last for ladies who have to queue

New shopping malls, cinemas and offices will have to provide more female toilets to reduce queuing time.

'Ladies have suffered because of inadequate provision of toilets in public places,' a Development Bureau spokesman said yesterday. 'Nowadays, it is uncivil ... This is very unacceptable.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hotline on risky trees is in demand

When the government established a telephone hotline for complaints about dangerous trees last year, it could hardly have expected such a deluge. More than 8,900 complaints have flooded in.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New office tower to rise up in Central

The old government headquarters in Central will be developed into a new office tower after plans for a huge shopping mall were scrapped.

The reason? There are just too many malls in Central.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

Tropical Storm Haima sends trees tumbling

Strong winds from Tropical Storm Haima felled at least 55 trees across the city yesterday, injuring one person, officials said.

The storm moved towards western Guangdong last night and was expected to make landfall near Maoming . At midnight, it was 240 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bureau must explain why it's replacing a policy that works with a witch-hunt

The reports about unauthorised building works on the properties of government officials and lawmakers display aspects of a witch-hunt ('Tsang agrees to remove structure', June 2).

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pair lose payout fight on tenement revamp prompted by collapse

Two shop owners who raised objections to redevelopment in To Kwa Wan lost their battle for better compensation yesterday. The Development Bureau's appeal board said it had no power to change the compensation policy of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA).

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Opportunities office backs community projects

The Development Opportunities Office supported more community projects than business plans in its first year.

It was set up in 2009 under the Development Bureau to provide a one-stop service for private development projects it deems beneficial both to society and the economy.

14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am