Director of Lands Bob Pope has dismissed any need to adjust the Government's land-sale programme or split large lots into smaller pieces, despite last month's poor auction result. Pressure has been mounting in recent weeks for such changes as property market sentiment has worsened following the sale of a large West Kowloon residential site for HK$1.9 billion after a single bid in the April 25 auction. The purchasers turned out to be the SAR's two biggest developers - Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties, fuelling calls for measures to encourage bidding and competition. Mr Pope said yesterday the market was overreacting in calling for a review of the land-sale programme after one auction result. The department reviewed the programme on a regular basis and looked at various possibilities. There was no plan to change it at present. Speaking after the launching ceremony of an electronic street map called 'SmartMap', Mr Pope said the West Kowloon lot was not a prime site. He said timing of the auction had also been unfortunate as stock prices were falling. He said the Repulse Bay luxury site that was the other lot for sale at last month's auction had received a very good response. Although some analysts had called for dividing larger sites to boost sale response, Mr Pope said the Government had no plan to split larger lots. Larger sites allowed for better planning and the Government did not want to repeat past faults, such as in the Yau Ma Tei district which was full of small developments, he said. He also pointed out that more than half of the sites in the land-sale programme were smaller than one hectare. Mr Pope said there had so far been no applications from developers for any of the sites offered on the reserve list. Cheung Kong (Holdings) deputy chairman Victor Li Tzar-kuoi voiced support for the Government's decision not to split large sites. 'It's the right decision,' said Mr Li. Speaking after the annual general meeting of Cheung Kong Infrastructure (Holdings), Mr Li said buyers were looking for homes in a comfortable environment, with well-equipped facilities and good transportation. Developers could offer those facilities to home-buyers by building large housing estates of at least six blocks. He said it was not possible to develop these facilities in projects of a smaller scale. Mr Li said property projects with good transportation networks would see demand from home-buyers. Meanwhile, Lands Department deputy director John Corrigall said the department had made a land premium offer for the Tung Chung Station residential development phase one but was waiting for a response from the developers. It had also concluded the premium of Tseung Kwan O extension's railway depot with the Mass Transit Railway Corp, he said.