Land supply

Paul Chan announces end of land application list system

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

Hong Kong’s government will scrap the land application list system – under which developers can trigger land auctions – in order to increase its control over the city’s land supply.

Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 8:38pm

Works chief Edwin Tong calls WWF Hong Kong criticism biased

Edwin Tong Ka-hung, head of the Civil Engineering Office, criticised some outside analysis of the results of the engagement exercise as biased. Tong was responding to earlier accusations by WWF Hong Kong, which said it was dissatisfied with how the results were released and presented. 

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

Overriding policy, not piecemeal measures, needed on land supply

Overriding policy, not piecemeal measures, needed on land supply

All manner of innovative ways have been proposed by Hong Kong's government to increase land supply for housing. The latest take aim at sites occupied by the People's Liberation Army and private clubs. Every suggestion to ease the shortage is worth investigating. But the seemingly haphazard approach authorities are taking appears more like desperation than the result of careful planning.

19 Feb 2013 - 5:03am 2 comments

Underground may be the way to go in solving Hong Kong's housing woes

HKU relocated three service reservoirs into underground caverns, and used the space freed up from the relocation to construct three new buildings for the Centennial Campus. Photo: Sam Tsang

HKU managed to create space to solve its land shortage problem by moving three service reservoirs into rock caverns excavated in the adjacent hillside.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

SCMP Debate: Do you think CY Leung's measures to boost housing supply will be effective?

SCMP Debate: Do you think CY Leung's measures to boost housing supply will be effective?

Housing was the dominant theme of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's maiden policy address last month. His plans include rezoning green-belt land, reclamation outside Victoria Harbour and stepping up production of public housing flats after 2018. But the range of measures he announced has drawn criticism, both from those who feel he has done too little and those who say he is taking the wrong options. We speak to developers, planners, academics and property agents about Leung's plans to fight soaring flat prices, build up a land bank and provide more subsidised homes.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:58am 1 comment

Retired civil servants offer housing estates to ease land shortage

Leung Chun-ying at TVB City yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

"[Chief Executive] Leung Chun-ying has been trying to increase land supply by different means such as developing the New Territories North, but there are difficulties," said Wong Pak-yan, the convenor of a petition forum on the redevelopment of co-operative housing yesterday.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Mid-Levels unlikely to see rush to develop

Ebenezer School in Pok Fu Lam Road is one example of a building that could be redeveloped into projects with higher plot ratios, agents say. Photo: Nora Tam

News that the government might lift restrictions on property development in Pok Fu Lam and Mid-Levels has drawn a lukewarm response from landlords and buyers, according to industry players.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:47am

Why Hong Kong needs an entirely new approach to industrial property

Very few of Hong Kong's factory buildings, such as these in Wong Chuk Hang, have high vacancy rates. Photo: SCMP

The main focus of last week's policy address was on increasing residential land supply, which was entirely expected as much of the government's activity and key policy announcements have been directed towards the residential market.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:47am

Keen bids for last flat site at Tsuen Wan West MTR

MTR Corp.'s Tsuen Wan West station. Photo: Bloomberg

The government's plan to boost land supply has not put a damper on property developers' eagerness to buy land.

22 Jan 2013 - 5:03am

CY Leung's housing will require focus on land supply, backer says

Property expert Nicholas Brooke said every building site targeted has challenges. Photo: Edward Wong

Leung Chun-ying's ambitious housing targets risk being missed if the government does not prioritise building up land reserves, a key supporter of the chief executive has warned.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:35am 2 comments

Nature concerns must be part of development plans

Nature concerns must be part of development plans

No one is perhaps more eager to end the contentions over Hong Kong's land supply than the chief executive, who is reportedly due to announce initiatives to increase housing supply in next week's policy address.

11 Jan 2013 - 2:49am

Clear plan needed to address land supply and housing issues

Buy at your own risk now.

Not surprisingly, the state of the real estate market, particularly the residential sector, has been the subject of much discussion since the new administration took office in July and began an attempt to make up for the failure of its predecessors to adequately address land and housing issues.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Losing the plot: is 'tight' land supply just a myth?

Illustration: Henry Wong

When officials keep on saying pr

9 Nov 2012 - 4:04am 1 comment

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