Iris Poon

Iris Poon

Iris Poon senior researcher at Our Hong Kong Foundation.

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Opinion | Hong Kong’s housing crisis: with fewer and smaller flats, quality of life will only worsen

With land and housing supply lagging behind targets for years, the situation is now dire. The government must expedite all major land supply initiatives, especially the New Development Areas, and streamline procedures.

With land and housing supply lagging behind targets for years, the situation is now dire. The government must expedite all major land supply initiatives, especially the New Development Areas, and streamline procedures.

Hong Kong’s housing crisis: with fewer and smaller flats, quality of life will only worsen
13 May 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Land for housing is in short supply and the government is running out of options

The problem stems from a lack of large-scale land development over the past 20 years. Of particular concern is the low proportion of government, large and spade-ready sites. To break this vicious circle, long-term projects must be delivered on time, or even ahead of schedule.

The problem stems from a lack of large-scale land development over the past 20 years. Of particular concern is the low proportion of government, large and spade-ready sites. To break this vicious circle, long-term projects must be delivered on time, or even ahead of schedule.

Land for housing is in short supply and the government is running out of options
25 Mar 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Hong Kong must cut the red tape and start churning out public housing to tackle the acute shortage of homes

At the crux of delays is a lack of transparency. An official one-stop platform disclosing the progress of each public housing project would allow government bureaus to be held accountable, and development timelines to be better respected.

At the crux of delays is a lack of transparency. An official one-stop platform disclosing the progress of each public housing project would allow government bureaus to be held accountable, and development timelines to be better respected.

Hong Kong must cut the red tape and start churning out public housing to tackle the acute shortage of homes
16 May 2020 - 10:34AM
Opinion | If Hong Kong’s housing targets seem too good to be true, it’s because they are

The government’s rose-tinted projections of public flat numbers are not supported by the actual pace of construction and cannot relieve the city’s severe housing crunch. Worse, they take the focus away from the real problem at hand: the shortage of land.

The government’s rose-tinted projections of public flat numbers are not supported by the actual pace of construction and cannot relieve the city’s severe housing crunch. Worse, they take the focus away from the real problem at hand: the shortage of land.

If Hong Kong’s housing targets seem too good to be true, it’s because they are
19 Feb 2019 - 12:34PM
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s land crisis cannot be fixed quickly by focusing on brownfield sites

Brownfield sites emerged as a result of negligence in land planning. Developing them, while accounting for the existing businesses and workers on the land, will be more challenging than is commonly thought.

Brownfield sites emerged as a result of negligence in land planning. Developing them, while accounting for the existing businesses and workers on the land, will be more challenging than is commonly thought.

Why Hong Kong’s land crisis cannot be fixed quickly by focusing on brownfield sites
11 Jan 2019 - 6:36AM