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Ex-Hong Kong leader proposes plan to build public flats at country park

Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying is calling for up to 25,000 new public housing flats on the edges of Tai Lam Country Park.
Leung shared his idea in a Facebook video today, suggested using no more than 70 hectares on the fringes of the Tai Lam Country Park, to build around 25,000 public housing flats for sale.

The selling price would be fixed at HK$6,000 per square foot, he continued, with buyers not allowed to resell their flats for the first 10 years.

He said the plan is expected to benefit up to 70,000 Hong Kong citizens.

The former Hong Kong leader also said 3.65 hectares of land can be set aside to build non-profit-making homes for the elderly, providing around 1,000 elderly with single suites in a low-density environment.

Leung added that his plan had been confirmed to be feasible by civil engineers, surveyors and urban planners.

Now an elder statesman as a vice-chairman of China’s top political advisory body, Leung recalled that in his last policy speech as chief executive in 2017, he had proposed to allocate a small proportion of land on the periphery of country parks for public housing and homes for the elderly.

Leung noted that the current government, led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, had terminated his plan.
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