Village houses in Yuen Long. Photo: Winson Wong

High Court ruling on village houses ‘will do little to ease Hong Kong land crunch’

  • The court ruled two of three ways rural residents exercised rights under small-house policy unlawful
  • Analysts not optimistic about landmark decision’s effect on sky-high property prices
Topic |   Hong Kong housing

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Village houses in Yuen Long. Photo: Winson Wong
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An indigenous village house in Ta Kwu Ling, New Territories, of the kind involved in Monday’s legal challenge. Photo: Nora Tam

Controversial small-house policy is constitutional only on private land, Hong Kong High Court rules in landmark hearing

  • Rural leaders say ruling will ‘not deeply affect’ their right to build houses
  • Judicial review came amid a heated public debate over how to source more land to solve city’s housing crisis
Topic |   Hong Kong courts

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An indigenous village house in Ta Kwu Ling, New Territories, of the kind involved in Monday’s legal challenge. Photo: Nora Tam
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