Land supply

Offer of free land raises questions

Lee Shau-kee. Photo: Sam Tsang

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 4 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 6, 2013

A tree thought to have brown root rot. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Lee Shau-kee (above) has held talks with Anthony Cheung.

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

Reclamation provided land for the airport. Photo: SCMP

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

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

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

Nothing wrong with wearing fur coats. Photo: SCMP

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

Western New Territories has rail links. Photo: David Wong

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

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

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. Photo: EPA

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

Donald Tsang curtailed land supplies and instituted the land application system which favoured large property developers. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

Ho Man Tin luxury site attracts strong interest

The site at the junction of Sheung Lok Street and Sheung Shing Street in Ho Man Tin that is up for grabs. Photo: Nora Tam

A luxury residential site up for tender in Ho Man Tin that had a price tag of more than HK$11 billion put on it by land surveyors attracted six bids before the tender closed yesterday.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

Hong Kong needs to speed up land supply mechanism

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po announced that the 14-year-old land sale system would be replaced by regular tender. Photo: Sam Tsang

When it comes to market intervention, the less the better. In Hong Kong, the formula has been tried and tested and contributes to our success in being named the world's freest economy for many years. However, when market forces fail, the government is expected to step in. The series of measures introduced by the government to stabilise the red-hot property market is a case in point.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 2 comments

Tsang defends management of land supply

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah. Photo: Felix Wong

The financial secretary has dismissed criticism that the government was too slow in taking full control of Hong Kong’s land supply by scrapping the application list system, which was announced on Thursday.

Speaking on an RTHK English programme on Friday morning, John Tsang Chun-wah emphasised that the government took control – away from developers – as early as last year.

1 Mar 2013 - 12:54pm

Land application list scrapped in bid to control supply

The government regained total control of land supply from developers by scrapping the application list system. Photo: Reuters

The government has taken over total control of land supply from developers by scrapping the application list system. Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po announced the end of the system, which has operated since 1999, yesterday.

1 Mar 2013 - 8:39am 3 comments

Land list 'shows supply may be running short'

Some of the prime new housing sites (with size in hectares and earliest date available)

Twenty-three of the 28 residential sites added to this year's land-sale list will not be ready for sale until next year, raising concerns that the government is running out of stock for immediate land supply.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:28am