Land panel finds flats above infrastructure challenging

Local | 13 Feb 2018 6:51 pm

A land supply task force is talking down a proposal to build flats on top of existing infrastructure – saying while it is not impossible, there would be many technical difficulties that needed to be overcome. 

The chairman of the group, Stanley Wong Yuen-fai, said while members of the government-appointed panel agree that the proposal could be a medium-to-long-term solution to address the lack of residential land, existing infrastructure is not designed to accommodate residential developments above them. 

He said there are a couple of examples in Hong Kong, like a development on top of the western corridor in Yau Me Tei, but they are the exception rather than the rule.

"There will be a lot challenges in terms of how do you deal with air ventilation, the noise, the mitigations," he said.

The task force said abandoned school sites and industrial buildings could also provide space for homes.

Yuen had said earlier that there could be deficit of 1,200 hectares of land for future supply and demand.

The 30-member panel was formed last year.-RTHK

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