The Hong Kong government is looking at ways to create 280,000 new public flats within a decade. Above, Choi Hung Estate, photographed in 2016. Photo: SCMP/Felix Wong

What would entice developers to turn vast farmland holdings in New Territories into nearly 280,000 low-income flats?

A public-private partnership under which developers agree to build public flats in return for a sweet deal allowing them to build lots of private flats would enable the government to quickly reach its 10-year goal for new affordable housing, consultancy Knight Frank suggests.

Topic |   Hong Kong property

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The Hong Kong government is looking at ways to create 280,000 new public flats within a decade. Above, Choi Hung Estate, photographed in 2016. Photo: SCMP/Felix Wong
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