Hong Kong government spells out new housing policy, defends land seizures

Anti-extradition Bill protesters march against the backdrop of residential buildings in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, on Aug 4, 2019. The government has announced new policies to ease the city's housing crisis.
Anti-extradition Bill protesters march against the backdrop of residential buildings in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, on Aug 4, 2019. The government has announced new policies to ease the city's housing crisis.PHOTO: REUTERS

Compensation for land adequate, says official; most of the sites are in the New Territories

Hong Kong's government yesterday provided further details about new policies announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam in a bid to ease the city's housing crisis, which includes seizing up to 400ha of land for public housing over the next five years.

Mrs Lam had on Wednesday said she would increase funding for temporary housing from the promised HK$2 billion (S$350 million) to HK$5 billion, building 10,000 transitional housing units in the next three years and seizing up to 160ha of brownfield sites in the New Territories for public housing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2019, with the headline 'HK govt spells out new housing policy, defends land seizures'. Print Edition | Subscribe