DAB bemoans slow crawl towards public housing goals

Local | 11 Sep 2019 1:29 pm

The DAB criticized the government for its "turtle-like speed" in finding new plots of land for public housing.
It pointed to a widened shortfall of 67,000 public flats in the government's long-term housing strategy target. The 10-year goal is to build 315,000 public units.
The pro-Beijing party echoed a call by its pro-democracy rivals for the Land Resumption Ordinance to be used to take back private sites for public housing development.
When the democrats put the suggestion to Chief Executive Carrie Lam last year, she said the ordinance cannot be used casually because it may lead to judicial reviews.
But DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king said the party has always supported using this law for housing development.
"I don't agree with the notion that we changed our stance on this matter. We had supported using this ordinance to resume land for the developments in the northeast New Territories and Wang Chau," she said.
"We would like to send a strong message to the government that there is a need to quicken the process and the use, or the more active use, of this ordinance is one possible solution. Otherwise, we can't see how the government can fill the gap."
Lee added that the DAB is seeking a meeting with Development Secretary Michael Wong for the second time in three weeks, to try to get a more direct answer on whether the ordinance could be invoked.
She said that during separate meetings with Wong and Lam to discuss land supply proposals, the two officials had mostly just listened to the ideas put forward without providing them with any clear response.

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