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  • Aug 2, 2014
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Land supply

Offer of free land raises questions

Acts of philanthropy should be welcomed - even more so when they help resolve pressing problems that affect many in society. So when property tycoon Lee Shau-kee announced plans to donate seven plots of farm land to the government to build affordable housing for young buyers, he deserved public applause. However, given the sensitivity of land supply and the hostility towards the rich and influential among some local people, the mixed reaction was understandable.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 6, 2013

Your detailed coverage of the plight of Hong Kong's urban and rural trees highlights the need for urgent action if we are to save at least some of our natural heritage.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am 5 comments

Government confirms talks under way on tycoon Lee Shau-kee's offer of land for homes

Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the offer was unprecedented: "No developer has donated land to the government like this. If an individual is really willing to donate, and the land released fits the urban planning requirements for housing use, the government should consider it."

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Confront NT land rights to preserve coastline

The Society for Protection of the Harbour completely agrees with your editorial, "Reclamation must be a last resort" (April 8), as a means of providing land for housing development.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 1 comment

Reclamation a last resort to ease land supply

Responsible leaders look forward and plan for tomorrow. Hong Kong's government is doing as it should by looking for ways to increase the supply of land so that our city can further develop. But the issue is complex and building consensus for a viable strategy is not easy. Even reclamation, a long-favoured solution to providing more land and generating revenue, is controversial.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 31, 2013

A study by the University of Hong Kong has revealed how serious a problem light pollution has become in Hong Kong. The worst reading taken by the survey team at the Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui was "1,200 times the International Astronomical Union standard".

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 26, 2013

The government appears to have a blind spot. It should look at the map of Hong Kong and see that 90 per cent of our land resources of nearly 110,000 hectares are in the New Territories, most of which remain undeveloped. Therefore, there is no need to deplete our precious sea resources and damage our beautiful coastline by reclamation.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:29am 3 comments

Paul Chan calls for more consideration on reclamation plans

The five sites on the shortlist, all located near the shore, are in Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Tsing Yi and on Lantau. Together, they could provide about 600 hectares of land, the Development Bureau said.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

No simple solution to flats crisis

Solving the housing problem has become a top priority for the Hong Kong SAR and its chief executive Leung Chun-ying. This was reflected in his policy address.

18 Mar 2013 - 1:41am 1 comment

Officials caused property crisis

Repeated interventions in the Hong Kong property market by officials, particularly former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah, have caused havoc for ordinary Hong Kong citizens.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am