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Public Housing

Leung to increase construction of public housing flats by a third: source

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Edward Wong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was expected to raise the target for the construction of public housing flats by a third when he delivers his first policy address on Wednesday.

Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 3:56am 1 comment

Outrage over Tung Chung public housing U-turn

Secretary for Housing and Transport Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo: Felix Wong

Four public housing towers will be built on the seafront at Tung Chung after a U-turn by the government. It had put the project on hold in the face of opposition from residents who paid high prices to enjoy a similar view.

10 Jan 2013 - 8:38am 2 comments

District councillors and residents oppose housing plans

A grave at Cha Kwo Ling, one area that may be developed.

A government plan to rezone land for housing use yesterday ran into opposition from communities and a member of the Executive Council, despite the chief executive's calls for support.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am 1 comment

Education experts angry at possible third school site turned into flats

General view of Hong Kong Academy in Ka Wai Man Road, Kennedy Town. Photo: Felix Wong

A third school site looks likely to be turned into flats, angering education professionals who say the government is putting housing before schooling needs.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:30am 2 comments

Don't ditch Queen's Hill university plan

Tertiary education students attend a career forum. Photo: Edward Wong

It is rumoured that the government is planning to use the Queen's Hill site for public housing instead of developing a private university, as had been planned. Despite the urgency in easing the housing shortage, such a move would seriously damage the credentials of "Hong Kong Inc" and shake international investors' confidence in the city.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:00pm

Relook privileged access to land in Hong Kong

We do not have a lack of land for housing, just much unbridled privilege. Photo: EPA

Hong Kong has a severe housing shortage, so we're told. There is no doubt about the waiting list for public flats, but, beyond that, demand seems more about cross-border wants than local needs.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am

Does housing plan really care about trying to cool market?

The lack of information about the supply of public and private housing is a cause for concern. Photo: Bloomberg

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying won the election and got to where he is because of the support from Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong. After six months in office, he has made no contributions to show for it. To be honest, he is merely a "paper general", which means he's all talk and no action.

21 Dec 2012 - 1:33am 4 comments

What the local media says

HSBC is continuing to cut staff benefits. Photo: EPA

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HSBC staff suffer medical cover cuts under latest plan

15 Dec 2012 - 4:05am

The key to stable democracy - home ownership

Tung Chee-hwa. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

I have felt for a long time that our first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, got a pretty raw deal in terms of public criticism of his housing policies. After all, the declared objective of getting the rate of home ownership up to 70 per cent was, and is, a very worthy one. The US is already close to this, while Singapore's rate is almost 90 per cent.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:49am

Lobby group's plan would add 12,000 units at Kai Tak site

Kai Tak site

An independent lobby group is urging the government to scrap 1,300 luxury units plans at the Kai Tak site - the latest effort to increase the amount of public housing at the former airport.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:35am

Officials reject call to rezone sites snubbed by developers

Michael Choi Ngai-min

Senior officials yesterday rejected a government housing adviser's call for sites that developers had not bid for to be rezoned for public housing. The development minister said the administration must avoid "taking the wrong medication".

18 Nov 2012 - 5:31am

China to start building 6m homes next year

China may start building as many as six million new government-subsidised flats next year, Housing Minister Jiang Weixin said.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Above-35 singles may get priority in public rental flats

A review of the allocation system for singles was suggested by the Housing Authority.

Housing applicants aged above 35 may get priority over students on a long waiting list for public rental flats.

13 Nov 2012 - 4:33am 1 comment

Public flats may be built on private homes land

Paul Chan Mo-po, Secretary for Development

The government risks pushing prices of homes even higher if sites on its land-sale list designated for private flats are used to build public housing, experts warn.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am

Link Reit issues highest-ever interim dividend

Link Reit is Hong Kong's first and the world's largest IPO of a property trust.

Shares of the Link Real Estate Investment Trust rose to a record high yesterday as the company declared its highest-ever interim distribution of 71.08 HK cents.

Link Reit shares rose up to HK$39.70 before closing at HK$39.60, a gain of 2.19 per cent or 85 HK cents from Tuesday. The stock has jumped nearly 40 per cent this year.

8 Nov 2012 - 4:01am