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Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding the two in-situ land exchange applications accepted for further processing, the information about the locations of the private land involved has been uploaded onto the website of the Lands Department. The applicants have also affixed a notice on the land concerned providing information such as the relevant lot number and location, the name of the lot owner and his contact person and contact phone number/address. For enquiries, members of the public may approach the applicant’s contact person direct or call District Lands Office/North at 2675 1809.
For private development through application for modification of lease (including in-situ land exchange) which satisfies the required conditions, the ex-gratia allowances and rehousing arrangements offered by the Government are not applicable to tenants/occupiers on the private land involved. However, one of the conditions for processing the modification of lease application requires the landowner to provide those affected with monetary compensation at a level comparable to the ex-gratia allowance offered by the Government to those affected by land resumption and clearance in the New Development Area. For information on compensation and allowance, please refer to General Ex-gratia Compensation Arrangements for Owners, Tenants and Occupants and Rehousing Arrangements for Occupants of Squatter Structures affected by Land Resumption and Government Development Clearance Exercises.
The Government may provide him with the relevant information for reference, such as whether the affected structure is a licensed or surveyed structure or not, for him to calculate on his own the amount of the comparable compensation. The occupier may also engage private professional to assess whether the compensation amount is reasonable or not.
The negotiation between the occupier and the landowner is private agreement, the Government is not in a position to step in as it will complicate the matter. However, the Government may provide information on the levels of the comparable compensation offered to various categories of occupier in the two New Development Areas for reference purpose. The Government will not play the role of an arbitrator.
To ensure that the project implementation programme will not suffer any delay resulting from the private development applications by the landowners, the Lands Department has announced the deadlines for application and processing of application respectively for in-situ land exchange applications in respect of Phase I sites. Applications which fail to meet the deadlines will not be processed and the private land concerned will be included in the land resumption limit of the relevant New Development Area. The purpose of setting the deadlines is to ensure that the Government could carry out on schedule the preparatory work for the land resumption exercise of the New Development Areas. It is also in line with the enhanced Conventional New Town Approach in which the Government will adopt the principle of resuming private land for development according to the planned uses. Regarding the two applications situated in Phase I sites, the Government has extended the deadlines for the acceptance of the binding basic terms offer (with premium) as well as acquiring the vacant possession of the private land concerned from 30 April 2016 to the end of 2016. Such deadline is only applicable to those pieces of land planned for private development in the Phase I sites of Kwu Tung North and Fanling North New Development Areas (i.e. the land under the two applications). Concerning the land planned for private development in the remaining areas of the works limit, we have yet decided the deadline for the acceptance of the binding basic terms offer.
To ensure that the project implementation programme will not suffer any delay resulting from the private development applications by the landowners, the Lands Department will stop processing the applications if the applicants of the two in-situ land exchanges fail to accept the binding basic terms offer (with premium) and acquire the vacant possession of the private land concerned by the end of December 2016.
If the two applications are not approved eventually, the private land concerned will be included in the land resumption limit of the relevant New Development Areas. The Government will then commence the resumption procedure and develop the land according to the promulgated plan. Applicable compensation will be offered to the eligible persons affected by land resumption.