THE Sino-British Land Commission has agreed to release a record amount of land for private sector property development this financial year. Excluded, however, is the land grant sought by the Government for Container Terminal 9 on Tsing Yi and terminals 10 and 11 to be reclaimed off Lantau. Under the disposal plan agreed yesterday 45.11 hectares of land will be sold off to the private sector for development compared with about 38 hectares last year. Of these, 43.19 hectares will be targeted for commercial and residential development and 1.91 hectares for industrial real estate use. Two prime sites at the West Kowloon and Tai Kok Tsui stations along the airport rail link, covering 13.96 hectares and 6.8 hectares, are included. Describing the results as 'respectable and sensible,' Governor Chris Patten said the Government was disappointed that Beijing had not agreed to the CT9, 10 and 11 projects. 'We're pretty clear on the importance of those container terminals for the further development of our port. I hope that Chinese officials will demonstrate at some time their concern about developing the port too.' Failure to rapidly develop new container terminals would undoubtedly constrain the territory's future development and would have an adverse impact on southern China as well, said Mr Patten. He said the Government would pursue the matter through the Joint Liaison Group (JLG). Land Commission Chinese team leader Chen Rongchun said the issue of port development and the related question of assessing the environmental impact of reclaiming land had to be discussed through the JLG. 'As soon as there's a consensus at the JLG, the Land Commission can arrange meetings immediately,' he said. The economic chief of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Zhang Liangdong, queried why the Government had already launched the ports scheme even though the JLG had yet to discuss it. Preparation for the CT10 and 11 projects in northeast Lantau has started as the Government rushes to boost port facilities in face of the deadlock over the CT9 project. A government source revealed last night officials gave a joint briefing on the CT10 and 11 plans to Chinese members of the JLG and the Land Commission in March. The Government was ready to give further briefings if needed, she said. Under this year's land disposal, 40 hectares are set aside for assisted housing under the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS), the Sandwich Class Housing Scheme, the Private Sector Participation Scheme, for Housing Society development and as village housing. Another 16.23 hectares will go to public utilities and educational, welfare, religious, recreational and other uses. A total of 31.59 hectares are designated for special requirements, which cover a 12.5 hectare project for the Institute of Education in Tai Po and an extension of the Hong Kong Baptist College in Kowloon Tong. The two sides also agreed to set aside five hectares of land in a supplementary land disposal programme. Last year's total was 117.27 hectares. A spokesman for the Chinese team said they had adopted a pragmatic assessment on the overall needs of land supply to help maintain the long-run economic momentum of the territory. Factors such as the slowdown of property prices and the cool response to the land auctions of industrial land in the past year had been fully considered, she said. Secretary for Housing Dominic Wong Shing-wah welcomed the land programme, which he said should be able to meet the demand for housing. The increase in land supply for private housing, HOS and the sandwich class scheme would contribute to the steady growth in housing supply, he said. The Housing Authority also welcomed the programme. Director of Land Bob Pope said the total number of apartments to be generated from the land would be higher due to a greater density of permitted building. It is rumoured one of the sites would be Hunghom Bay, which would be the first HOS or Housing Society project in the area. 'This is a big increase,' said property analyst Peter Churchouse, managing director of Morgan Stanley Securities (Asia). 'The Land Commission appears to be delivering on the claim of the Governor and his special task force set up to stabilise home prices to increase land supply.' While a detailed breakdown has not yet been supply, Mr Churchouse estimated the number of apartments generated from the private and public sectors from the land to be released could be 10 to 15 per cent higher this year. 'This is not a huge amount, but it is a good step,' Mr Churchouse said. William Wong, a partner with property consultants Brooke Hillier Parker, cautioned that much of the new supply would be in the New Territories. 'This could put further pressure on prices in the new towns,' he said. Mr Pope said there would be no new Crown land offered for composite industrial/office building either through auction or tender. A full breakdown of what sites will be sold off this year will be released on Monday. Mr Pope said the land should be enough for the Government's target of $37 billion from land sales during 1995-96, up from around $29 billion during 1994-95.