New Territories

Call to help with rent, travel costs

Stanley Wong Yuen-fai. Photo: Dickson Lee

Rent concessions and travel subsidies are two ways of encouraging people to move to less popular areas in the New Territories that will in turn ease a long wait for public rental flats, a leading housing adviser has suggested.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 3:55am

Walter Kwok urges revival of land exchange scheme

Walter Kwok says residents of the New Territories may not agree to sell if the government just acquires the land for cash. Photo: Paul Yeung

The government should revive land exchange entitlements to speed up its plan for large-scale rural redevelopment in the New Territories, according to Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, the former chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties.

15 May 2013 - 4:01am

Transsexual marriage ruling opens door to questions of inheritance

Dr Karen Lee Man-yee

A new twist could be thrown into the controversy over male-line inheritance rights in the New Territories by the court ruling allowing a transsexual to marry. This is just one area likely to be affected by the new definition of "woman" to cover male-to- female transsexuals, legal experts said yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 10:10am 1 comment

Developers in New Territories face tough battle to lure buyers

Cheung Kong cut prices of 20 units at One West Kowloon residential project in Lai Chi Kok by 6 to 17 per cent.

Almost 70 per cent of new homes available for sale in the first half of the year are located in the New Territories, and since the government has signalled a move to increase land supply, developers will speed the launch of new projects to raise cash for land replenishment.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

Fanling development Green Code seen as NT market indicator

Prices at Green Code in Fanling are lower than similar properties in Yuen Long. Photo: Sam Tsang

The 728-flat project being developed by Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) is on the corner of Mak Sik Road and Sha Tau Kok Road, Fanling, next to the 15-year-old Belair Monte, which has been developed by a consortium of 11 developers.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:06am

Swamped New Territories villages welcome all inspectors

Government inspectors to investigate unauthorised structures in New Territories villages may discover other concerns. Photo: Edward Wong

Like most residents of the New Territories, I welcome the government's initiative to set up a new department to investigate what has become known in the media as unauthorised structures. New Territories residents know this to be a euphemism for "essential home improvements".

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 1 comment

Small house policy can't go unchallenged for much longer

A village in Sha Tau Kok. Photo: SCMP

A New Year trip to the northeast New Territories and a chat with an indigenous villager had me seeing a side of a story I'd not considered. Ah Fat has a nice spread; he's got 2,100 square feet of standalone living space for his five-member family, vegetable and flower gardens, peace and tranquility all around and the rolling hills of Sheung Shui for scenery.

19 Feb 2013 - 5:44am

Speed Maps will show traffic flow on New Territories' roads

A Transport Department technician testing the new speed map panels at Tolo Highway near Sha Tin Racecourse. Photo: Dickson Lee

Five display panels showing drivers the traffic flow on New Territories' roads will be in use from Saturday.

The Speed Maps, which cost HK$70 million, have been installed on the Tate's Cairn Highway near Shek Mun, Tai Po Road near Sha Tin Racecourse, Tolo Highway near the Science Park, Tuen Mun Road near Tseng Choi Street, and San Tin Highway near Fairview Park.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

Vast land resources not being utilised

Opening up New Territories can solve housing problems. Photo: Nora Tam

The government should pay serious attention to your editorial ("Housing needs wiser land use", January 10), which advanced useful, innovative ideas towards solving Hong Kong's problem of a shortage of land for housing development. As you correctly pointed out, the problem is the government's failure to make proper use of our vast land resources in the New Territories.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:34am

Three blind departments finally act on hijacked Sha Tin land

The Ombudsman has investigated the use of the site, understood to be in Pai Tau Village. Photo: May Tse

Three government departments have finally pledged to tackle the illegal activity on a piece of official land - after ignoring its misuse for 30 years.

The Lands, Transport, and Home Affairs departments are all responsible for the site in the New Territories in different ways.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:55am 6 comments

Half illegal structures in New Territories feared unreported

A spokeswoman for the department said it had received 18,000 declaration forms. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Only half of the New Territories village houses believed to have illegal structures have been reported to the Buildings Department, despite a scheme offering leniency to people who declare less-dangerous structures that ended on Monday.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:37am

Mosques needed in New Territories, says Islamic expert

Muslim community leader Khan Muhammad Malik says more mosques are needed in the New Territories, where there is a strong Islamic presence. Photo: KY Cheng

Hong Kong should build more mosques and community centres for its growing Muslim population, an Islamic organisation said yesterday.

Khan Muhammad Malik, chairman of the Federation of Muslim Association in Hong Kong, noted that while the Islamic population had grown five-fold in the past five decades the number of mosques in the city had remained the same.

3 Jan 2013 - 9:53am

Stop building new village houses

We must stop building outdated houses. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

There has been a lot of talk over the years about whether every male child of Hong Kong's "indigenous" villagers should continue to have the legal right to build a new village house.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Land of opportunity

Century Gateway Apartments command high prices.

Multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects combined with new property developments mean the New Territories will become the biggest supplier of homes next year.

14 Dec 2012 - 11:35am

Then & Now: early maps attest to HK's 'fluid' borders

Monsignor Volontieri's map of Sun On. Picture: National Library of Australia

Early maps of Hong Kong, however inaccurate, provide a picture of its historical evolution and ever-shifting borders. writes Jason Wordie.

27 Oct 2012 - 11:20pm