(Policy Address) Three types of land to be reclaimed for housing

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in her third policy address today that the government will expedite planning work and resume three types of private land wholly for public housing, subsidized housing and related infrastructure development by invoking the Lands Resumption Ordinance and other applicable ordinances

"About 450 hectares of brownfield sites in the New Territories may have development potential but have not been covered by new development areas or other development projects. These sites are mostly private land larger in size and located nearer to existing new towns and major highways, including brownfield sites in Ping Shan and Lam Tei. The Planning Department will accord priority to the study of 160 hectares brownfield sites that are closer to existing infrastructure and assess their suitability for public housing development, with a view to commencing follow-up technical assessment by the end of this year. Rezoning government land for housing has been one of the major sources of housing land supply in recent years. However, my proposal to adopt a more focused approach for rezoning private land for public housing development, and then exercising public power to resume private land for public purpose, is indeed a breakthrough in thinking," Lam said.

"To resume private land which is zoned for high-density housing development in statutory outline zoning plans but without any development plans due to various reasons such as fragmented ownership, infrastructural constraints and assessed to be suitable for public housing development," she said.

"To resume urban private land in Cha Kwo Ling Village, Ngau Chi Wan Village and Chuk Yuen United Village suitable for high-density housing development, with a view to expediting the development of these seven hectares of urban sites and rebuilding a new community mainly comprising public housing. The living environment of residents in the squatter areas will also be improved with compensation and rehousing to be provided in accordance with the prevailing policy."