Private-public farmland housing plan delayed

Local | 25 Jun 2019 5:44 pm

The Secretary for Development, Michael Wong Wai-lun has confirmed reports that the government's proposal to partner with developers to build public housing on vacant farmland in the New Territories may face a delay – due to the tense social atmosphere in the wake of the extradition bill saga, RTHK reports. 
Details of the so-called Land Sharing Pilot Scheme were to be unveiled by the end of next month. 
But, Wong said today, the government is taking more time to study the plan's details, so it can balance different views. 
Wong said it would be better to implement various government plans when the society is calmer. 
"We are still looking at the details. Give us a bit more time, so we will make an announcement when we are ready," Wong said.
He added that the public will get updates about the project's progress in a few weeks. 
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam had announced details of this plan in October last year with the formation of a body called the Land and Development Advisory Committee to vet applications.
Lam had said at that time she wants to speed up the development of the unused farmland sites.

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