Replies to written questions raised by Finance Committee Members in examining the Estimates of Expenditure 2018-19
 
Reply Serial No. Question Serial No. Question
DEVB(PL)145
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1590 Under this Programme, provision for 2018-19 is $214.7 million (11.8%) higher than the revised estimate for 2017-18. This is mainly due to a net increase of 271 posts, salary increments for staff, filling of vacancies and other operating expenses. Will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

What are the titles of the 271 posts and what is the estimated expenditure on annual salaries for 2018-19?
 

(2)

For the net increase of the 271 posts, is there any increase in staff establishment to investigate problems of unlawful occupation of government land? If yes, what is the number of such posts and what is the estimated expenditure on annual salaries of such posts for 2018-19?
 

 

DEVB(PL)146
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0591 Under Programme (1), the estimated expenditure for 2018-19 is $2,041.2 million, which is 11.8% higher than the revised estimate for this year. There is an increase of 271 posts in this financial year. Please provide the details of the posts.

Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2018-19, it is stated that the Lands Department (Lands D) will continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work, including enforcement against unlawful occupation of government land, unauthorised structures on private agricultural land and lease breaches in industrial buildings. Will the Government inform this Committee how Lands D will commence its enforcement procedures after receiving reports on unlawful occupation of land or identifying the relevant cases during proactive inspections by its staff? What will be the manpower involved?

DEVB(PL)147
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1927 Please answer the following question regarding the estimate for clearance of government land - ex-gratia allowances under subhead 221:

Based on the information, the estimate for 2018-19 is $785,000, representing a substantial decrease over the actual expenditure of $2,375,000 in 2016-17 and the revised estimate of $3,233,000 for 2017-18. With the further development of new development areas (NDAs) like the North East New Territories NDAs, there should be a continuous increase in land resumption and clearance. Will the Government explain why there is a decrease in the estimate for 2018-19 as compared with the past two years?

DEVB(PL)148
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0709
(a)

Please provide the following: (i) the total number of currently valid short term tenancies (STTs), (ii) of which the number of STTs granted in various ways and the area of land covered.

2017-2018

All currently
valid STTs

Open tender Direct grant Regularisation of unlawful occupation of government land Converted from government land licence/ permit

Number of STTs

 

       
Area of land covered          

 

(b)

If there are tenancies that cannot be categorised by the way they were granted, please provide sufficient reasons.

 

(c)

The Lands Department once mentioned that it “does not have readily available breakdown of these STTs granted over the years based on their historical background” (https://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/legco/sfc_question_2016/DEVBPL399.pdf). Is there any plan to re-organise past records for compilation of comprehensive and clear information on the tenancies by the way they were granted?

Please provide the number of STTs granted by the Government in various ways and the area of land covered in the past ten years.

 

  2008- 2009 2009- 2010 2010- 2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Open tender

Number of STTs

 

                   

Area of land

                   
Direct grant

Number of STTs

                   

Area of land

                   
Regularisation of unlawful occupation of government land

Number of STTs

                   

Area of land

                   

 

 

DEVB(PL)149
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0710
(a)

Please provide (1) the numbers of valid short term tenancies (STTs) currently granted for private garden purpose and (2) the total area and geographical distribution of the land involved.

 

Number of STTs for private garden purpose

Area of land

The whole territory

 

 
Eastern District    

Wan Chai District

   

Central and Western District

   

Southern District

   

Kwun Tong District

   

Wong Tai Sin District

   

Kowloon City District

   

Sham Shui Po District

   

Yau Tsim Mong District

   

Sai Kung District

   

Sha Tin District

   

Tai Po District

   

North District

   

Yuen Long District

   

Tuen Mun District

   

Tsuen Wan District

   

Kwai Tsing District

   

Islands District

   

 

(b)

Please provide (1) the numbers of valid STTs currently granted for public carparking purpose and (2) the total area and geographical distribution of the land involved.

 

Number of STTs for public carparking purpose

Area of land

The whole territory

 

 
Eastern District    

Wan Chai District

   

Central and Western District

   

Southern District

   

Kwun Tong District

   

Wong Tai Sin District

   

Kowloon City District

   

Sham Shui Po District

   

Yau Tsim Mong District

   

Sai Kung District

   

Sha Tin District

   

Tai Po District

   

North District

   

Yuen Long District

   

Tuen Mun District

   

Tsuen Wan District

   

Kwai Tsing District

   

Islands District

   

 

 

DEVB(PL)150
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0711

How many deed polls for division of land within the Village Type Development zone and the Village Environs were received and approved in total by the respective District Lands Offices in the New Territories (DLOs in NT) in the past five years? How many divided lots have been approved?

Year 

  DLOs in NT
               
2013

Applications received 

               
Applications approved                

Number of divided lots approved

               
2014

Applications received 

               
Applications approved                

Number of divided lots approved

               
2015

Applications received 

               
Applications approved                

Number of divided lots approved

               
2016

Applications received 

               
Applications approved                

Number of divided lots approved

               
2017

Applications received 

               
Applications approved                

Number of divided lots approved

               

 

 

DEVB(PL)151
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0712
(a)

What is the number of villages for which Village Environs (VEs) have not been drawn up as at the end of 2017? Please tabulate a breakdown by district.
 

(b)

Within such villages with VEs yet to be drawn up, what are the numbers of small house applications received and approved cases (by granting free building licenses, land by way of land exchange, and private treaty grant) in each of the past five years?
 

(c)

For such villages with VEs yet to be drawn up, have the VEs not been drawn up since the introduction of the Small House Policy in 1972?
 

(d)

How many villages for which VE boundaries have been newly drawn up were there in the past five years?
 

(e)

Has a timetable been set for dealing with those villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up?
 

(f)

How does the Government process applications for small houses in villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up? If the proposed small houses under application are located outside “Village Type Development” zone, such as “Agriculture” zone, please advise if there is any difference in the criteria for processing those applications and other applications for small houses in villages for which VE boundaries have been drawn up.
 

 

DEVB(PL)152
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0713 It is currently allowed by the Lands Department that two small houses can be separated by means of party walls, the thickness of which shall not be less than the range of 175 millimetres and 225 millimetres (depending on the height of small houses and the building materials used (brick or reinforced concrete)). Please advise this Committee of the following:

(a)

When did the Government start to permit two or more small houses to be separated by party walls? What are the reasons?
 

(b)

As building plans are not required when submitting small house applications, how does the Government ensure that the newly built party walls comply with the specifications?
 

(c)

It is noted that some adjoining small houses separated by party walls will be combined into one upon completion of the construction. Is the Government aware of such situation?
 

(d)

Does the Government carry out any inspection to prevent this irregularity? What are the numbers of inspections, warnings and enforcement actions?
 

 

DEVB(PL)153
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2101
(i)

Please provide in the following table information about the land disposed of by way of a private treaty grant (PTG).

 

Lot number

Use of land Area of land Number of residential units

2016

 

     
2017        
2018        

 

(ii)

What are the criteria for land disposal by way of a PTG?

 

 

DEVB(PL)154
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2102 Please provide a list of unallocated and unleased government land as at to date.

Lot number

Land use

Area
 

 

 
     
     


DEVB(PL)155
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3059 Please provide information about the structures to be cleared in programmed development clearances and emergency clearances in 2018-19 in the table below.

Programme name

District

Lot number

Number of structures

Number of households

Population size

Ex-gratia allowances

 

 

         
             
             


DEVB(PL)156
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0777 Regarding matters on the management of government land, please inform this Committee of:

(a)

The staff establishment for conducting inspections at government land in the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18).
 

(b)

The figures on unlawful occupation of government land identified by the Government in the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18).
 

(c)

The respective figures on prosecution by the Government and successful conviction in the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18), and the highest and lowest fine imposed respectively upon conviction.
 

(d)

The staff establishment for and expenditure on public education and publicity.
 

 

DEVB(PL)157
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0799 With regard to assessing ex-gratia payments to primary producers in the agriculture and fisheries industries arising from development projects, please inform this Committee:

(a)

What was the total amount of ex-gratia payments disbursed to primary producers in the agriculture and fisheries industries arising from different development projects in each of the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18)? What was the respective number of applications? Please list the figures by development project.
 

(b)

What are the numbers of applications for ex-gratia allowance being processed and pending processing? Please advise when the processing of all applications is expected to be completed and payments disbursed.

(c)

What are the numbers of applications for ex-gratia allowance processed and the total amount of ex-gratia payments disbursed by the Government in each of the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18)?
 

 

DEVB(PL)158
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3253 Regarding matters on squatter structures, please advise this Committee of:

(a)

The number of surveyed squatter structures on agricultural land across the territory, with a tabulated breakdown by District Council districts.
 

(b)

The respective numbers of applications for repairing surveyed squatter structures on agricultural land received, approved and refused by the Government in each of the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18); if there were refused applications, the reasons for that.
 

(c)

The respective numbers of applications for issuance of Letter of Approval received, approved and refused by the Lands Department in each of the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18); if there were refused applications, the reasons for that. Are there other means currently available for farmers to apply for erecting agricultural structures?
 

(d)

The average time taken to process applications and the longest processing time taken respectively in the past three years (2015-16 to 2017-18); and the reasons for that.
 

 

DEVB(PL)159
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0314 According to media reports and complaints received by the New People’s Party, of the properties owned by Link Real Estate Investment Trust (“Link REIT”) which have been divested, a total of 55 properties have various problems, for example, vacant shops, alterations of shopping malls, divesting of parking spaces and the like. Some of the problems may involve breaches of land leases. In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

In the past five years, how many complaints about the breaches of land leases were received by the Lands Department (Lands D) each year, of which how many were under processing and how many led to prosecution? What was the average time taken to conclude these complaints upon receipt? If there are such complaints, what are the details? If no, what are the reasons?
 

(2)

In the past five years, of the complaints received by Lands D about the breaches of land leases, how many of them were related to Link REIT’s properties which have been divested? If there are such cases, what are the details? If no, what are the reasons?

(3)

Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2018-19 of the Programme of Land Administration, it is stated that Lands D will “continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work, including enforcement against unlawful occupation of government land, unauthorised structures on private agricultural land and lease breaches in industrial buildings”. What specific measures will Lands D take to strengthen the relevant enforcement work? What are the manpower and estimates involved?
 

 

DEVB(PL)160
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3245 It is included in Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2018-19 under Programme (2): Survey and Mapping of the Lands Department that it will “continue to assist in the formulation of spatial data policy for the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative through the development of data standards to facilitate data sharing”. In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

The manpower and estimate concerning the establishment of the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) in the past three years;
 

(2)

The manpower and estimate the Government plans to allocate for the establishment of CSDI in the coming year;

(3)

Regarding the launching of CSDI, does the Government have any specific timetable? If yes, what are the details? If no, what are the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)161
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2172 Please provide a breakdown of all the actual expenditure on the salary, regular allowances, job-related allowances and non-accountable entertainment allowances payable to the Director of Lands in 2017-18, and the estimated expenditure on the salary, regular allowances, job-related allowances and non-accountable entertainment allowances payable to the Director of Lands in 2018-19.
DEVB(PL)162
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1707 Please list the number of small house applications received by the Government over the past three years (2015, 2016 and 2017). Please provide the figures on applications received at year-end by district. How many of these applications were approved, rejected and being processed?


(i)

Islands

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ii)

North

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(iii)

Sai Kung

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(iv)

Sha Tin

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(v)

Tai Po

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(vi)

Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(vii)

Tuen Mun

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(viii)

Yuen Long

Year

Number of applications received

Number of applications approved

Number of applications rejected

Number of applications being processed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

DEVB(PL)163
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2952 In the past five years, how many households of squatter structures were faced with clearance as a result of land resumption by the Government? What was the statutory compensation package applicable to the affected persons and what were the amounts of related ex-gratia allowances received by them? How many people were there in the households that were not offered compensation? What were the reasons for their not being offered compensation?
DEVB(PL)164
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2955 In the past five years, what were the original uses of the sites for which the applicants made in-situ land exchange applications? Was arbitration on land premium involved in each case? If yes, will the Lands Department provide information on the lots concerned?
DEVB(PL)165
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2956 The Government estimates a significant increase in the area of “temporary use of government land” in 2018-19 to 101.78 hectares, greater than those of 2017 and 2016. What are the reasons? Is payment of Government rent waived for all? In addition, will the Government inform this Committee of information about renewal of allocations for “temporary use of government land”, tenancies of “short term tenancies”, and leases of “private treaty grants”, for example, renewal once, twice, thrice, etc.; the area of the land involved, the lot and the amount of Government rent in the past five years?
DEVB(PL)166
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0900 Will the Government please provide details of the residential sites disposed of in the past six years?


2012-13

Disposal date

Lot - Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (GFA) (Maximum residential GFA) [Maximum non-residential GFA]

Estimated number of units (Estimated number of residential units) [Building covenant expiry date]

Current progress at site

Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
             

 

2013-14

Disposal date

Lot - Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (GFA) (Maximum residential GFA) [Maximum non-residential GFA]

Estimated number of units (Estimated number of residential units) [Building covenant expiry date]

Current progress at site

Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
             

 

2014-15

Disposal date

Lot - Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (GFA) (Maximum residential GFA) [Maximum non-residential GFA]

Estimated number of units (Estimated number of residential units) [Building covenant expiry date]

Current progress at site

Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
             

 

2015-16

Disposal date

Lot - Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (GFA) (Maximum residential GFA) [Maximum non-residential GFA]

Estimated number of units (Estimated number of residential units) [Building covenant expiry date]

Current progress at site

Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
             

 

2016-17

Disposal date

Lot - Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (GFA) (Maximum residential GFA) [Maximum non-residential GFA]

Estimated number of units (Estimated number of residential units) [Building covenant expiry date]

Current progress at site

Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
             

 

2017-18

Disposal date

Lot - Location

Use

Maximum gross floor area (GFA) (Maximum residential GFA) [Maximum non-residential GFA]

Estimated number of units (Estimated number of residential units) [Building covenant expiry date]

Current progress at site

Other restrictions under Conditions of Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
             

 

 

DEVB(PL)167
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0300
1.

The Lands Department is responsible for processing applications for building small houses in the New Territories. In this connection, please provide the respective figures of 2015, 2016 and 2017 by using the following table:

 

Number of small house applications received

Number of applications approved Number of applications rejected Number of applications being processed (as at the end of the year) Number of applications pending processing (as at the end of the year)

Islands

         

North

         

Sai Kung

         

Sha Tin

         

Tai Po

         

Tsuen Wan & Kwai Tsing

         

Tuen Mun

         

Yuen Long

         

Total

         

 

2.

Regarding the number of small house cases to be processed, the Government has set 2 300 cases as the annual target, but only 2 231 cases were processed in 2017. What are the reasons for failing to meet the target? By what means will the Government tackle the problem?

 

 

DEVB(PL)168
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0555
1.

In 2017, the Lands Department (Lands D) helped to resume 3.78 hectares (ha) of land required for public works projects. Please advise on the details of the 3.78 ha of resumed land by district, area of land and resumption costs.
 

2.

Regarding the total acquisition/clearance costs, it is estimated that the costs will be $1.616 billion in 2018, representing a substantial increase over the actual expenditure of $744 million in 2017 and $480 million in 2016. What are the reasons?
 

3.

Under Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2018-19, it is stated that Lands D will continue with the work on resumption and clearance of land for approved public projects and undertake preparatory work on resumption and clearance of land required for proposed new projects. What items are included in the approved public projects and the proposed new projects? Please advise on the details of the projects by district, manpower involved and estimated expenditure.
 

 

DEVB(PL)169
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0556 In 2017, the Lands Department cleared 11 615 pieces of government sites involving unlawful occupation and handled 1 980 cases involving breaches of lease conditions. The Government states that it will continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work, including enforcement against unlawful occupation of government land, unauthorised structures on private agricultural land and lease breaches in industrial buildings. In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

1.

Please provide the details and numbers of those 11 615 sites by district, area and the ways in which they were unlawfully occupied.
 

2.

What is the detailed classification of those 1 980 cases involving lease breaches? How many land owners are involved? Of whom, how many have been prosecuted, fined or imprisoned? How many of them have repeatedly breached the lease conditions?

3.

Regarding the cases of lease breaches in industrial buildings last year, did the Government issue any warning letters to the owners concerned? If yes, what are the details (including the numbers of industrial units involved and the dates of relevant enforcement actions)? How many owners, with their units re-entered by the Government, were there? What are the reasons?
 

4.

How many resources and how much manpower are expected to be deployed to combat unlawful occupation of government land, unauthorised structures on private agricultural land and lease breaches in industrial buildings in the coming year?
 

5.

How does the Government ensure that government land is not unlawfully occupied?
 

 

DEVB(PL)170
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3149
1.

The establishment as at 31 March 2018 will be 4 180 posts. It is expected that there will be an increase of 378 posts in 2018-19. What are the reasons?
 

2.

Please list the respective numbers of the 378 newly created posts by programme, rank, work nature and salary.
 

 

DEVB(PL)171
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1217 Regarding “applications for lease modification (non small house cases)” for residential purposes in the past five years, please advise on the following:

Year

Applications for lease modification (number of cases/area of land )

Premium amount under discussion (number of cases/area of land )

Applications for lease modification rejected (number of cases/area of land )

Agreement on premium amount reached (number of cases/area of land )

Lease modification completed (number of cases/area of land )

2012-13

 

       
2013-14

 

       
2014-15

 

       
2015-16          
2016-17          


DEVB(PL)172
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1218 It is estimated that there will be a substantial increase in the total acquisition/clearance costs in the coming year, what are the reasons? For which of the development/public projects will resumption of land be expected to be carried out? Which of the compensation zones (i.e. Zones A to D), together with the area of land, forms the basis for working out the estimated costs of land resumption?
DEVB(PL)173
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1219 Regarding “squatter control and clearance”, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

a.

What are the numbers of surveyed domestic squatter structures, households and residents living there across the territory in the past five years? Please list the figures by 18 districts and indicate whether the structures are located on unleased land or leased land.
 

b.

According to the Government’s squatter control survey, what are the respective numbers of surveyed domestic squatter structures and surveyed non-domestic squatter structures, households and residents of such structures currently located within the three New Development Areas in Hung Shui Kiu, Yuen Long South, and Kwu Tung North and Fanling North?

c.

The Government inspected nearly 200 000 surveyed structures in each of the past two years, what were their respective percentages against the total numbers of surveyed structures in the territory during the period?
 

d.

Does the term “inspected” refer to site inspection? Which categories of structures are included in the surveyed structures? Do they also include those structures registered under small houses in the New Territories? What were the staff establishment for and expenditures on the “inspected” work in the past two years?
 

 

DEVB(PL)174
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1287 Regarding the rehousing and compensation arrangements for the North East New Territories New Development Areas (NENT NDAs), please inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

Between 2015 and 2017, how many hectares of land in total were resumed by the Government from NENT NDAs each year? Of the land resumed, how many hectares were held in the name of an individual? And how many hectares of land were held in the name of a company? What was the average price per square foot of the resumed land? Please list by year.
 

(b)

The Government will soon launch the first stage of land resumption for the NENT NDAs Project in 2018. What is the financial provision earmarked to cover the relevant rehousing and compensation costs in 2018-19? Will the Government consider adopting the “rehousing before clearance” approach to accord priority to affected residents so that they can, without having to go through any asset and income tests, live in Po Shek Wu Estate, a new public housing estate near the clearance area to be completed in 2019?

 

DEVB(PL)175
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1249
(1)

Please provide the number of cases handled by the Lands Department (Lands D) in respect of land management, and squatter control and clearance in 2017 in each District Council district:
 

  (i) Land management
    (a) lease enforcement cases
(b) government sites cleared from unlawful occupation

  (ii) Squatter control and clearance
    (a) unauthorised structures demolished
(b) surveyed structures inspected
(c) structures cleared in programmed development clearances and emergency clearances (excluding surveyed structures cleared on grounds of slope safety)
 
(2)

There were 288 structures cleared in programmed development clearances and emergency clearances (excluding surveyed structures cleared on grounds of slope safety) in 2017, which was less than half of the 770 structures as estimated last year. What are the reasons and details?
 

(3)

It is estimated that 1 599 structures will be cleared in programmed development clearances and emergency clearances (excluding surveyed structures cleared on grounds of slope safety) in 2018-19, representing a substantial increase over the past year. What are the reasons? Does it involve additional manpower and expenditure?
 

(4)

There were 2 165 lease enforcement cases handled by Lands D in 2017, of which:
 

  (a) What was the longest handling time taken?
  (b) What was the number of cases of “imposing an encumbrance”?
  (c) What was the number of cases of re-entry or vesting?
   

 

DEVB(PL)176
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1251 It is estimated by the Lands Department that the temporary allocations issued to government departments in 2018-19 will substantially increase to 101.78 hectares. What are the reasons? Will any land in Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Islands districts be involved? If yes, please list the locations of the land, areas, user departments and uses.
DEVB(PL)177
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2414 Please provide in table form the information on land transactions in the past five years:

Date of land sale/ tender/transaction

Means of land sale

Lot Number

Location

Use

Area

Successful tenderer
 

 

         
 

 

         


DEVB(PL)178
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0162 Under the Indicators of Programme (1),

1.

the actual acquisition/clearance costs were $744 million in 2017, representing an increase as compared with $481 million in 2016, and it is expected that the costs will record a substantial increase to $1.616 billion in 2018. What are the reasons?
 

2.

it is estimated that the temporary allocations issued to government departments will be 101.78 hectares in 2018, representing a substantial increase of 79.37 hectares from 22.41 hectares in 2017. What are the reasons?

 

DEVB(PL)179
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1042 As mentioned in paragraph 137 of the Budget Speech, “vacant government sites or school premises are available for use by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through short-term tenancies. However, since these sites may have been left idle for a long time, restoration or other works are required before they can be put to use. I will set aside $1 billion to subsidise the costs of basic works of eligible projects, and co-ordinate the efforts of government departments in providing technical advice to the user organisations to make better use of these vacant government sites and school premises.” In this connection, please provide:

1.

In table form, the information on short term tenancy (STT) applications received in each of the past two financial years, including the number of years for which the sites involved have been left vacant, the department or organisation applying for an STT, the finalised change of use and the expenditure on such change of use.
 

2.

Please provide a list of the government sites or school premises currently left vacant for three years or more, and indicate the duration for which they have been left vacant, the information about the applications received for change of use, the gross floor area involved and the area of the land occupied.

3.

Regarding the $1 billion earmarked for the costs of basic works, how many applications for change of use of the vacant sites or school premises does the Government expect that it may support with the aforesaid funding in the coming financial year? What is the scope of support that the subsidy may provide?

 

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1016 It is mentioned in the Estimates that the Development Bureau (Planning and Lands Branch) is adopting a multi-pronged strategy to increase land supply in the short, medium and long term. In this connection, will the Government, by setting out information in a table, inform this Committee of:

1.

the names and the number of lessees to which the Government has currently granted land under Private Recreational Leases (PRLs);
 

2.

the respective areas of the land currently granted by the Government under PRLs; and

3.

the names and the number of lessees granted land under PRLs which are due to expire in the coming five years.

 

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2692 Recently, some members of the community have advocated a change in the names of places and roads in order to remove the signs of the colonial government. In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

1.

Will the Government explore the idea of changing the existing policy on and criteria for street naming? If yes, what are the details?
 

2.

Will there be any street renaming programme? If yes, what are the details?

 

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0487 The Lands Department (Lands D) has been carrying out squatter control work since 2003. Please provide the following information on squatter control and clearance:

(a)

the staff establishment with post titles and actual numbers of staff members in the Squatter Control Unit under Lands D in 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 (Estimate); and
 

(b)

could the department provide the number of clearance operations conducted for public and non-public housing in the last three years?

 

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0047 The Lands Department stated that the number of non-directorate posts will be increased by 378 posts to 4 512 as at 31 March 2019. Please inform this Council of the nature of works, ranks and salaries of these new posts.
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0072 In Matters Requiring Special Attention 2018-19, the Administration states that it will continue to implement and review the Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium to facilitate agreement on land premium, and continue to streamline the processing of applications under the leases. Under this connection, will the Administration inform this Council the latest progress of this Pilot Scheme, the estimated completion date for the said review, the manpower and resources that have been allocated for the implementation of the said Pilot Scheme? In addition, will the Government consider switching this Pilot Scheme into a permanent basis Scheme? If yes, of the details; if no, of the reasons.


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0073 In Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2018-19, the Administration states that it will support the Development Bureau in exploring the reactivation of the revitalisation scheme for industrial buildings. Will the Administration inform this Council the measures that will be introduced to facilitate the revitalisation of industrial buildings in Hong Kong? In order to facilitate the relevant procedure, will the Administration consider to set up a centralised office or intra-departmental office to consolidate the works for revitalisation of industrial buildings in Hong Kong? If yes, of the details, manpower and resources that would be allocated for such exercise; if not, of the reasons.


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0074 In Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2018-19, the Administration states that it will continue to strengthen land control and lease enforcement work, including enforcement against unlawful occupation of government land, unauthorised structures on private agricultural land and lease breaches in industrial buildings. In this connection, will the Administration inform this Council the target, existing progress, manpower and resources allocated for the said exercise?


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0092 In “Matters Requiring Special Attention in 2018-19”, the Administration states that it will “continue to implement the Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium to facilitate agreement on land premium, and continue to streamline the processing of applications under the leases.” How many cases in total have been handled by the Government so far since the launch of the Pilot Scheme for Arbitration on Land Premium in October 2014? What is the average time taken to handle each case? Will there be a comprehensive review of the whole scheme? If yes, what are the details? If no, what are the reasons?


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3404 In the Brief Description, the Administration has mentioned that only completed 85 lease modification applications in 2017. Under this connection, will the Administration provide the number of lease modification applications that were completed over the last five fiscal year and the average time for the completion of application involved. Will the Administration consider reviewing the current mechanism and procedure involved for the application of lease modification and thereby allocating more manpower and resources for the exercise in order to boost the supply of land slots? If yes, of the details; if no, of the reasons.


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1307
(a)

In the past five financial years, how many hectares of residential sites have been provided to the market by the Government by methods of land disposal such as auction, tender and lease modification/land exchange each year? How many residential flats in total are expected to be built? Please provide the information in table form

Government sites sold for private housing development by auction and tender

Year

Number of residential sites sold in the year

Total area (hectares) (about) Estimated number of flats as at the time of sale (about)

Private housing developments implemented by lease modifications/land exchanges

Year

Number of lease modification/land exchange cases executed in the year

Total area (hectares) Additional number of flats estimated at the time of the execution of land documents

 

(b)

In connection with (a), according to the progress of land development mentioned above, please provide in table form the “areas of land”, “number of residential units to be built”, “building covenant period in the lease”, “any application for extension of the building covenant period” and “name of successful bidders for the sites” of land disposal in the past five years.

Item

Disposal date

Lot - Location Area (hectares) Number of residential units to be built Building covenant period in the lease Any application for extension of the building covenant period Name of successful bidders for the sites

 

 

 

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1308 The Lands Department once mentioned that it “does not have separate figures on the number of short term tenancies (STTs) granted to non-profit-making organisations, the area of land involved and the number of these STTs granted on nominal rent.” (https://www.landsd.gov.hk/en/legco/sfc_question_2016/DEVBPL400.pdf). Does the Department plan to sort out the numbers of STTs granted to non-profit-making organisations, the area of land involved and the number of these STTs granted on nominal rent in the future? If no, what are the reasons?


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1721 As One Kai Tak, a property under the “Hong Kong Property for Hong Kong People” (“HKPHKP”) measure, is subject to “HKPHKP” land grant conditions, purchase of the units within a certain period is confined to Hong Kong permanent residents, and consent to resell, let out or mortgage shall be obtained from the Lands Department (Lands D). Will the Government list in table form the following information about “HKPHKP”:

(a)

the number of applications for consent to sell One Kai Tak units received by Lands D;
 

(b)

the number of consents to sell One Kai Tak units granted by Lands D;
 

(c)

the number of applications for consent for owners of One Kai Tak units to underlet or license received by Lands D;
 

(d)

the number of consents for owners of One Kai Tak units to underlet or license granted by Lands D;
 

(e)

the number of applications for consent for owners of One Kai Tak units to mortgage or charge received by Lands D;
 

(f)

the number of consents for owners of One Kai Tak units to mortgage or charge granted by Lands D;
 

(g)

the number of complaints about suspected breaches of lease conditions by owners of One Kai Tak units received by Lands D; please list the nature of such cases by category; and
 

(h)

the number of confirmed cases of breaches of lease conditions by owners of One Kai Tak units received by Lands D; please list the nature of such cases by category.
Month

Number of applications for resale

Number of consents for resale Number of applications for letting out Number of consents for letting out Number of complaints about underletting units in suspected breach of lease conditions Number of confirmed cases in breach of lease conditions
             


 

 

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3267 Please list the following:

(1)

the number of temporary sites currently managed by the Lands Department (Lands D) but not yet let by way of short term tenancy (STT), their areas, uses and current uses;
 

(2)

the total number and the total area of sites let by way of STT by Lands D in the past five years; the sites let by way of STT by Lands D by areas (≦200, 201-400, 401-600, 601-800, 801-1 000, 1 001-2 000, 2 001-4 000, 4 001-6 000, 6 001-8 000, 8 001-10 000 and ≧10 001 square metres) and by 18 districts in the past five years;

(3)

the number of temporary land allocation granted by Lands D to government departments and the use of each site in the past five years;

(4)

the properties managed by Lands D by uses of buildings in the past five years;

(5)

all the sites granted by way of private treaty, their areas and uses in the past two years; the total number of newly-built private residential units in the past six years; the number of newly-built private residential units by saleable areas (smaller than 10, 15, 20, 30 and 50 square metres) and their percentage share in the total number of newly-built private residential units in the past six years; and

(6)

the size of government land reserves in the past five years.

 

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2363 The following eight ex-military sites are currently managed by the Lands Department and the Government Property Agency. Which of these sites will be disposed of in the coming one to three years? Please provide the information requested below:

Ex-military sites Area

Existing use

Planned and zoned use

Proposed use by the Government
1.

Ex-British Military Hospital (Part), Ho Man Tin

       
2.

Ex-Joint Movement Unit, Kai Tak

       
3.

Ex-Perowne Barracks and Gordon Hard (Part), Tuen Mun

       
4.

Ex-Dills Corner Camp, Kwu Tung

       
5.

Ex-Lo Wu Camp (Part), Lo Wu

       
6.

Ex-Burma Lines, Fanling

       
7.

Ex-Ping Chau Training Camp, Ping Chau

       
8.

Ex-High Island Training Camp, Sai Kung

       


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2260 Transformed from an area with many refined squatter structures, the Lei Yue Mun tourist area, which showcases the fishing village’s characters with numerous seafood restaurants and shops, is particularly attractive to Mainland and foreign visitors.

However, the Lands Department (Lands D) has repeatedly warned the restaurants and the seafood shops to revert to the original squatter structures. Such policy has not only completely ruined the unique tourist landscape of the Lei Yue Mun fishing village but has also affected the livelihood of scores of business operators and their employees. In the new financial year and in future, before taking any action against the above-mentioned business operators, will Lands D discuss with the Commissioner for Tourism and the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau to formulate policies on striking a balance between tourism development in Lei Yue Mun and its enforcement against unauthorised extensions of squatter structures in an effort to protect the unique scenic spots of the remaining local fishing village?


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0808 Please inform this Committee:

1)

What was the number of cases involving retail and wholesale activities in industrial units in breach of lease conditions against which the Lands Department (Lands D) took land control actions? Please provide a breakdown by 18 districts in each of the past three years.
 

2)

What was the number of cases involving retail and wholesale activities in residential units in breach of lease conditions against which Lands D took land control actions? Please provide a breakdown by 18 districts in each of the past three years.

 

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3566 Please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

the number of cases of unauthorised structures on private agricultural land handled by the Lands Department in the last three years;
 

(2)

the number of enforcement actions involved (by types of enforcement, including issue of warning letters/statutory notices, registration of the warning letters at the Land Registry, re-entry upon the land and/or property vested in the Government) in item 1; and

(3)

the number of structures demolished by the owners as required, and the number of those demolished by the Government as mentioned in item 1.

 

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3568 Please provide in table form:


1)

the details of government land taken back for other development purposes upon expiry of tenancies in 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18, including i) short term tenancy (STT) numbers/locations, ii) areas (in square metres) and iii) original uses of the STTs;

i)

ii)

iii)

 

 

 

 

2)

the details of government land expected to be taken back for other development purposes upon expiry of tenancies in 2018-19, including i) STT numbers/locations, ii) areas (in square metres) and iii) original uses of the STTs; and

i)

ii)

iii)

 

 

 

 

3)

the information on each piece of government land continuously leased by the same tenant by way of STTs for more than 30 months, including i) STT numbers/locations, ii) areas (in square metres), iii) uses specified in the STTs and iv) dates on which the first STT was granted.

i)

ii)

iii)

iv)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3569 Regarding matters relevant to private recreational leases (PRLs), please inform this Committee of the following:

1)

In the past three years, of the complaints about alleged lease breaches or failure to enforce lease conditions by PRL lessees received each year, how many of them were confirmed with lease breaches? Did the Lands Department hold the lessees concerned responsible for their lease breaches? If yes, what are the details of each case? If no, what are the reasons?
 

2)

In the past three years, how many inspections were conducted in respect of PRLs each year? What were the expenditure and manpower involved?

 

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3570 Regarding matters on small houses and land control in the New Territories, please inform this Committee of the following:

(1)

Over the past three years, how many small house applications has the Lands Department (Lands D) received? What are the numbers of backlog cases and cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for Lands D to process a small house application?
 

(2)

How many cases were in breach of the requirements regarding New Territories exempted houses in the past three years? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling such cases in 2018-19?

(3)

Over the past three years, how many applications for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures were received by Lands D respectively? What are the numbers of cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for Lands D to process an application for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2018-19?

 

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3572 Please advise this Committee of the following:

(1)

the area of land granted by way of short term tenancy by the Lands Department by 18 districts in 2015-18; and
 

(2)

the number of cases and the area of land granted by way of short term tenancy for public carparking purpose by 18 districts in 2015-18.

 

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3573 Regarding small house applications and their control, please advise this Committee of the following:

(1)

The number of cases for which approval was given to remove the alienation restrictions (ARs) in each of the past five years (2013 to 2017).
 

(2)

Since there were cases of illegal development arising from the selling of rights to build small houses (commonly known as selling “ding” rights), will the Lands Department (Lands D) consider compiling data on the time elapsed between the issuance of Certificates of Compliance (CCs) in respect of small houses and their applications for removal of ARs for the public’s reference? If yes, what are the details? If no, what are the reasons?

(3)

What were the numbers of complaints received about the illegal development of small houses (including the selling of “ding” rights) and the follow-up actions taken by Lands D in the past three years?

 

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3576 Regarding the procedures for declaring interest and administering conflict of interest of officers of the Lands Department (Lands D), please advise this Committee of the following

1)

A few years ago, there was a case about an officer ranked at Assistant Director who had purchased land under his/her purview and was involved in a case of conflict of interest. What measures has Lands D taken to eradicate similar situation since the said case?
 

2)

What were the numbers of complaints about conflict of interest or breach of declaration procedures in which directorate officers and approving officers (e.g. those responsible for processing small house applications) at various levels of Lands D were involved, and the numbers of substantiated complaints, in each of the past three years?

 

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0861 Regarding government land granted by way of short term tenancy (STT):

1.

Please list in table form the numbers of STTs let by tender and by direct grant in 2017 (actual) and 2018 (estimate) respectively in each District Council district. What are the details of each STT, including site locations, areas and uses, rents, terms of tenancies, business natures of the tenants and the like?
 

2.

It is estimated that only 28.1 hectares (ha) of land will be let by way of STT in 2018, representing a notable decrease as compared with 53.29 ha of land granted in 2017. What are the reasons for not letting the land concerned and the uses of the land taken back?
 

3.

Among all pieces of land granted as mentioned in the aforesaid question 1, what are the five pieces of land continuously leased by the same tenant with the longest terms of tenancies? What are their respective cumulative terms of tenancies?
 

4.

Which pieces of land under STTs mentioned in the aforesaid question 1 fall within the restored landfills? Will the Lands Department study and consider relaxing the uses of such pieces of land as appropriate under suitable conditions and practicable circumstances, including making them available for use by the recycling industry in compliance with the requirements? If yes, what are the details? If no, what are the reasons?
 

 

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3624 Will the Government list in table form the site area and term of respective short term tenancy (STT) let by tender in 2017-18 according to the Indicators under this Programme? And also list in table form the site area and term of respective STT let by direct grant?


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3625 The provision for 2018-19 is $23.4 million (3.9%) higher than the revised estimate for 2017-18 for Programme (2). This is mainly due to a net increase of 91 posts, salary increments for staff, filling of vacancies and other operating expenses. Will the Government inform this Committee of the titles of the 91 posts and the estimated annual salary expenditure in 2018-19? Besides, in Matters Requiring Special Attention under this Programme in 2018-19, the Government plans to enhance the Hong Kong Map Service to a One-Stop Sale and Supply System to support the sale and supply of survey and map products of the Lands Department in a one-stop service portal. Will the Government inform this Committee of whether it will, in enhancing the service, consider improving the resolution of preview images of aerial photographs to enable members of the public to see such images clearly prior to purchase, thereby ensuring that their interests are protected?


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3727 Will the Government list in table form:

(1)

the number of new applications for building small houses in the New Territories received and their distribution by district in each of the past five years;
 

(2)

the number of cases approved for building small houses in the New Territories and their distribution by district in each of the past five years; and

(3)

the current establishment for handling applications for building small houses in the New Territories and the estimated expenditure on annual salaries in 2018-19.

 

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3728 Will the Government inform this Committee of:

1.

the number of notices on squatter clearances to be expired in 2018-19;
 

2.

the number of notices on squatter clearances to be expired in 2018-19 by District Council districts;
 

3.

its estimated manpower for conducting the above-mentioned clearance operations; and
 

4.

the estimated expenditure on annual salaries in 2018-19 regarding the manpower for the above-mentioned clearance operations.
 

 

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5591
1)

What were the time and resources spent by the Department on inspecting unleased government land in 2017? How many complaints about suspected cases of unlawful occupation of government land were received? How many cases of unlawful occupation of unleased government land were identified? What was the area of land involved?
 

2)

How many cases of unlawful occupation led to prosecutions in 2017? How many were convicted? Has all the unlawfully occupied land been reinstated? If no, why not?

3)

How many pieces of unlawfully occupied government land finally became lawful upon approval of the application submitted by the unlawful occupier to lease the land in 2017? How many such cases were there? What was the area of land involved?

 

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5594
(1)

How many complaints about unauthorised extensions in squatter structures and licensed structures or their breach of land uses or referrals from other departments on these complaints in various districts were received by the Lands Department (Lands D) in the previous financial year? How many of these cases were completely processed, how many found to be in breach of regulations and how many issued with removal orders? How many of them involved repeated complaints?
 

(2)

How much was spent on inspections initiated by Lands D in the previous financial year? Among the squatter structures and licensed structures inspected, how many cases of unauthorised extensions were identified and how many were issued with removal orders?

(3)

How many removal orders have not been complied with upon expiry? Please provide the numbers of cases in which removal orders have yet to be complied with after they have expired for one to three years, four to six years, seven to nine years and ten years or above. What follow-up actions or land control actions have been taken against non-compliance with removal orders?

 

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5597
1)

What is the total number of complaints about and reported cases of fly-tipping of soil in 2017-18?
 

2)

Will the Lands Department consider increasing existing manpower in 2018-19? If yes, what are the relevant expenditure and manpower distribution? If no, what are the reasons?

 

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5631
1.

Over the past five years, how many small house applications has the Lands Department (Lands D) received? What are the numbers of backlog cases and cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for Lands D to process a small house application? What is the total area of land currently zoned “Village Type Development” and “village expansion area”, and what is the area that can be used for building small houses? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2018-2019?
 

2.

What were the expenditure and manpower involved in inspections to identify any unlawful occupation of government land in the past five years? How many cases of unlawful occupation of government land were identified during routine inspections by Lands D in the past five years and what was their percentage share in the total number of cases of unlawful occupation of government land? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2018-2019?
 

3.

What were the expenditure and manpower involved in inspections to identify any illegal excavation on private land leading to development in the past five years? How many cases of illegal excavation on private land leading to development were identified during routine inspections by Lands D in the past five years and what was their percentage share in the total number of cases of illegal excavation on private land leading to development? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2018-2019?
 

4.

How many cases were in breach of the requirements regarding New Territories exempted houses in the past five years? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling such cases in 2018-2019?
 

5.

Over the past five years, how many applications for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures were received by Lands D respectively? What are the numbers of backlog cases and cases being processed? On average, how long does it take for Lands D to process an application for rebuilding small houses or squatter structures? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for handling this task in 2018-2019?
 

6.

How many disputes involving rural land were received by Lands D in the past five years? How long on average does it take for Lands D to resolve a rural land dispute? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2018-2019?
 

7.

What were the expenditure and manpower involved in investigations into the construction of unauthorised structures in small houses in the past five years? How many cases of unauthorised structures were identified during routine inspections by Lands D in the past five years and what was their percentage share in the total number of cases of unauthorised structures? What will be the estimated expenditure and manpower required for this task in 2018-2019?
 

8.

Will the Government provide a list of short term tenancies (STTs) granted in the past five years and planned to be granted in 2018-2019 with details including the specific location, site area, income generated and use of each STT?
 

9.

Does the Government have any plan to review whether sites currently under STTs can be rezoned to allow for long-term uses such as housing or community facilities? If yes, what will be the progress of the review and the expenditure involved?
 

10.

Please provide details about the applications for land exchange received, processed and approved by the Government in the past five years and the expenditure involved.
 

11.

Please provide details about the applications for revitalisation of industrial buildings received, processed and approved by the Government in the past five years and the expenditure involved.
 

 

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5632
1.

In the past five years, aerial photographs taken from an altitude of 4 000 feet were produced by the Photogrammetric and Aerial Survey Section (PASS) of the Lands Department (Lands D) for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to determine any potential violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance, such as construction being carried out without a permit or reclamation works exceeding the threshold limit. Please provide in table form the works projects, number of shooting, specific expenditure and number of staff involved.

Year

Works Project

Number of Shooting Specific Expenditure Number of Staff Involved

2013-2014

       

2014-2015

       

2015-2016

       

2016-2017

       

2017-2018

       

 

2.

In 2018-2019, aerial photographs taken from an altitude of 4 000 feet are expected to be produced by PASS of Lands D for EPD to determine any potential violation of the EIA Ordinance, such as construction being carried out without a permit or reclamation works exceeding the threshold limit. Please provide in table form the works projects, number of shooting, specific expenditure and number of staff involved.

Works Project

Number of Shooting Specific Expenditure Number of Staff Involved
       
       
       
       
       



 

 

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5633
1.

In paragraph 230 of the 2017 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that the Government has decided to provide the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) Authority with an enhanced financial arrangement by granting it the government-owned development rights of the hotel/office/residential portion of the WKCD. The Authority may develop the hotel/office/residential facilities jointly with the private sector through open tender and a Build-Operate-Transfer arrangement, and share rental revenue from such facilities to sustain the operation of the WKCD. In the past five years, did the Lands Department (Lands D) provide any services on land administration and legal advice in relation to the above measure, including drafting a contract to grant the above site, ensuring that the above measure complies with the statutory procedures and offering relevant legal advice? If yes, what were the expenditure and manpower involved?
 

2.

In paragraph 230 of the 2017 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that the Government has decided to provide the WKCD Authority with an enhanced financial arrangement by granting it the government-owned development rights of the hotel/office/residential portion of the WKCD. The Authority may develop the hotel/office/residential facilities jointly with the private sector through open tender and a Build-Operate-Transfer arrangement, and share rental revenue from such facilities to sustain the operation of the WKCD. In 2017-18, did Lands D provide any services on land administration and legal advice in relation to the above measure, including drafting a contract to grant the above site, ensuring that the above measure complies with the statutory procedures and offering relevant legal advice? If yes, what were the expenditure and manpower involved? In 2018-19, will Lands D provide any services on land administration and legal advice in relation to the above measure, including drafting a contract to grant the above site, ensuring that the above measure complies with the statutory procedures and offering relevant legal advice? If yes, what will be the expenditure and manpower involved?

 

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4400 Regarding the increase in gross floor area through rezoning applications of renewal projects by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), please inform this Committee of the following:


(a)

Please provide details of, by project, year, address of the project, lot, project status (completed, underway, being planned), original land use, project with the change of land use applied for, ceiling of developable plot ratio after rezoning, site area, developable floor area, developable domestic floor area, developable commercial area and developable floor area for other uses in the past five years.

Year

 

 

   

Address of the project

 

 

   
Lot        
Project status (completed, underway, being planned)        
Original use        
Ceiling of developable plot ratio before rezoning        
Use applied for        
Ceiling of developable plot ratio after rezoning        
Site area        
Ceiling of developable floor area        
Ceiling of developable domestic floor area        
Ceiling of developable commercial floor area        
Ceiling of developable floor area for other uses        

 

(b)

How many applications for land premium were submitted by URA in each of the past five years? How many of them were approved?

 

(c)

For renewal projects of URA, did the Government grant planning permission for relaxation of development intensity for housing sites to increase the maximum domestic plot ratio in each of the past five years? Please list in detail, by each renewal project, the maximum domestic plot ratio before and after the grant of planning permission as tabulated below:

Year

Address of the project

Lot

Maximum domestic plot ratio before the grant of planning permission Maximum domestic plot ratio after the grant of planning permission

 

 

 

   

 

(d)

Please provide details of, by project, year, address of the project, lot, project status (completed, underway, being planned), original land use, project with the change of land use applied for, ceiling of developable plot ratio after rezoning, site area, developable floor area, developable domestic floor area, developable commercial floor area and developable floor area for other uses in the past five years.

Year

 

 

   

Address of the project

 

 

   
Lot        
Project status (completed, underway, being planned)        
Original use        
Ceiling of developable plot ratio before rezoning        
Use applied for        
Ceiling of developable plot ratio after rezoning        
Site area        
Ceiling of developable floor area        
Ceiling of developable domestic floor area        
Ceiling of developable commercial floor area        
Ceiling of developable floor area for other uses        

 

(e)

How many applications for land premium were submitted by the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) in each of the past five years? How many of them were approved?

 

(f)

For renewal projects of MTRCL, did the Government grant planning permission for relaxation of development intensity for housing sites to increase the maximum domestic plot ratio in each of the past five years? Please list in detail, by each renewal project, the maximum domestic plot ratio before and after the grant of planning permission.

Year

Address of the project

Lot

Maximum domestic plot ratio before the grant of planning permission Maximum domestic plot ratio after the grant of planning permission

 

 

 

   

 

 

DEVB(PL)333
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4856 Please advise on the numbers of small houses in the territory and the estimated areas of land occupied in the past five years; the numbers of applications for building small houses pending and under processing in the past five years; and the numbers of indigenous households, members of these households, and persons with small house rights in Hong Kong in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)334
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4864 Regarding tender failures in government land sale over the past five years, please provide the information about each site involved, including the location, site area, the total number of failed tenders, etc.

Please provide the information, including the site area, purchaser, number of housing units to be built, plot ratio, etc., of all residential sites sold by the Government over the past five years.


DEVB(PL)335
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4865 Please provide the information on “small houses in the New Territories” in all 18 districts in the past five years, including their numbers, site areas and floor areas.
DEVB(PL)336
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6158

Please provide a breakdown of the numbers and areas of existing Temporary Government Land Allocations (TGLAs) by district.

 

Number of TGLA

Area
Eastern District    

Wan Chai District

   

Central and Western District

   

Southern District

   

Kwun Tong District

   

Wong Tai Sin District

   

Kowloon City District

   

Sham Shui Po District

   

Yau Tsim Mong District

   

Sai Kung District

   

Sha Tin District

   

Tai Po District

   

North District

   

Yuen Long District

   

Tuen Mun District

   

Tsuen Wan District

   

Kwai Tsing District

   

Islands District

   

Total

   

 

Please provide a breakdown of the numbers and areas of existing TGLAs by use.

Use

Number of TGLA

Area

Works site/works area

 

 
Storage    

Site office

   

Carpark

   

Open space

   

School/training centre

   

Service reservoir

   

Driving test centre

   

Vehicle detention pound

   

Plant nursery

   

Petrol station

   

Stall

   

Others (please specify)

   

Total

   

 

Please provide a breakdown of the numbers and areas of existing TGLAs by user government department or organisation.

 

Number of TGLA

Area

Highways Department

 

 
Development Bureau    

Civil Engineering and Development Department

   

Leisure and Cultural Services Department

   

Home Affairs Department

   

Food and Environmental Hygiene Department

   

Water Supplies Department

   

Education Bureau

   

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

   

Environmental Protection Department

   

Drainage Services Department

   

Electrical and Mechanical Services Department

   

Planning Department

   

Housing Department

   

Government Property Agency

   

Transport Department

   

Marine Department

   

Lands Department

   

Hong Kong Police Force

   

Immigration Department

   

Civil Aid Services

   

Other departments (please specify)

   

Mass Transit Railway Corporation

   

Non-governmental organisations (please specify names of organisations/developers)

   

Total

   

 

Are there any TGLAs granted to organisations/corporations/companies other than government departments as at today? If yes, what are the justifications for such grants to outside bodies? Has the Government collected any rents from the relevant outside bodies? As mentioned in the previous reply from the Development Bureau (http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201706/07/P2017060700578.htm), there are currently a total of 8 hectares of sites granted to 16 schools/training centres by way of TGLAs. Please list in table form the names and locations of the 16 schools/training centres.

Of the above, what are the reasons for granting the sites to these schools/training centres by way of TGLAs instead of the established practice for land allocation? Regarding these two ways of land grant to schools, what are their criteria, and in what ways are they different?

As mentioned in the previous reply from the Development Bureau (http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201706/07/P2017060700578.htm), there are currently 476 open spaces granted by way of TGLAs. What are the reasons for granting these open spaces by way of TGLAs instead of the established practice for land allocation? Regarding these two ways of land grant of open spaces, what are their criteria, and in what ways are they different?

 

 

DEVB(PL)337
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6159

Please provide the current total number of lots across the territory by District Council. Of which, what is the number of private lots?

 

Number of all lots

Number of private lots
Eastern    

Wan Chai

   

Central and Western

   

Southern

   

Kwun Tong

   

Wong Tai Sin

   

Kowloon City

   

Sham Shui Po

   

Yau Tsim Mong

   

Sai Kung

   

Sha Tin

   

Tai Po

   

North

   

Yuen Long

   

Tuen Mun

   

Tsuen Wan

   

Kwai Tsing

   

Islands

   

Across the territory

   

 

 

DEVB(PL)338
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6160 In the past five years, how many reports of/complaints about suspected cases of selling rights to build small houses were received and, among them, how many were prosecuted, under investigation, or yet without sufficient evidence to take actions?
DEVB(PL)339
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6161 Please list in table form the numbers of small houses in the New Territories under the purview of various District Lands Offices outside “Village Type Development” zones and village environs (VE) (including the villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up) as at 31 December 2017.
DEVB(PL)340
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6163

Please list in table form the planned land use of currently valid short term tenancies (STT) sites in outline zoning plans/development permission area plans, and the total area of land covered.

Original planned use of STT sites

Area of land (hectare)

Residential  

Commercial

 

Industrial

 

Government, Institution or Community

 

Green Belt

 

Open Space

 

Comprehensive Development Area

 

Village Type Development

 

Open Storage

 

Recreation

 

Country Park

 

Conservation Area, Coastal Protection Area

 

Site of Special Scientific Interest

 

Other Specified Uses

 

Uses not yet specified

 

Uses not yet decided

 

Others (please specify)

 

Not included in outline zoning plans/ development permission area plans

 

Total

 

 

 

DEVB(PL)341
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6165

Please provide in table form the current number of short term tenancies (STTs) at nominal rent by district and their site area.

 

Number of STTs at nominal rent

Total site area (hectare)
Eastern    

Wan Chai

   

Central and Western

   

Southern

   

Kwun Tong

   

Wong Tai Sin

   

Kowloon City

   

Sham Shui Po

   

Yau Tsim Mong

   

Sai Kung

   

Sha Tin

   

Tai Po

   

North

   

Yuen Long

   

Tuen Mun

   

Tsuen Wan

   

Kwai Tsing

   

Islands

   

Across the territory

   

 

 

DEVB(PL)342
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6220 Regarding land administration of the regions: Hong Kong Island/Kowloon/New Territories West (Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun and Yuen Long)/New Territories East (Sha Tin, Tai Wai, Ma On Shan, Tai Po, Fanling, Sheung Shui and Tseung Kwan O)/Lantau Island/other outlying islands:

1.

Please provide a breakdown by the above regions of (i) the number of cases involving compensation for land resumption; (ii) the uses of the land resumed; (iii) the area of land involved; and (iv) the amount of compensation involved in each of the past five years respectively. How much is estimated to be spent on compensation for land resumption in the coming year?
 

2.

Please provide a breakdown by the above regions of (i) the number of applications for rezoning land for short term tenancy use; (ii) the original use of the land and the change applied for; (iii) the area of land involved; and (iv) the rentals in each of the past five years respectively.
 

3.

How many applications were made for change in land use that involved payment of premium over the past five years? Please advise in detail on the original land use and the change in use applied for. How many were approved; how many were rejected; and how many are being processed? Please advise in detail on the amount of payment, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application.
 

 

DEVB(PL)343
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6221

Of all the agricultural land and land zoned “Agriculture” under outline zoning plans, how much was left idle and how much was used for non-agricultural purposes (such as levelled for building houses, used for open storage, paved with concrete, used for dumping construction waste and filling of over 1.2 metres) in the past five years?

As at Total area (hectare)

Area of land left idle (hectare)

Area of land used for non-agricultural purposes Non-agricultural purposes
31.3.2011        

31.3.2012

       

31.3.2013

       

31.3.2014

       

31.3.2015

       

 

 

DEVB(PL)344
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6222 How many inspections were initiated by the Government in each of the last five years to check whether the successful tenderers of the short term tenancies (STTs) granted had breached any tenancy conditions or not? How many breaches were found each year? Was any STT terminated accordingly; if yes, how many?
DEVB(PL)345
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6223 In the past five years, how many applications that involved payment of premium were received from the Urban Renewal Authority? Please advise in detail on the original use and the change in use applied for. Of these applications, how many were approved; how many were rejected; and how many are being processed? Please provide details of the amount of payment, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application.

DEVB(PL)346
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6224 Regarding “land clearance”, “maintenance of man-made slopes on unallocated and unleased government land”, please provide by District Council district: 1. the numbers of cases completed and the actual expenditures in the past five years; 2. the numbers of outstanding cases, the estimated expenditures and the average time taken to handle these cases.
DEVB(PL)347
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6225 Will the Government inform this Committee of:

(1)

the numbers of Certificates of Compliance for small houses issued by the Government and the numbers of cases in which removal of alienation restrictions (ARs) was approved under different types of small house grant (namely building licence, land exchange, village expansion area scheme under private treaty grants and other private treaty grants) in each of the past five years in table form;
 

(2)

the identified breaches of the relevant clauses in small house grants as land leases leading to enforcement actions in the past five years.
 

 

DEVB(PL)348
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6295 In the past five years, how many applications involving payment of premium were received from the MTR Corporation Limited? Please advise in detail on the original land use and the change in use applied for. Of these applications, how many were approved; how many were rejected; and how many are being processed? Please provide details of the amount of payment, plot ratio, site area and floor area involved in each approved application.

DEVB(PL)349
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6296

Of all the agricultural land and land zoned “Agriculture” under outline zoning plans, how much was left idle and how much was used for non-agricultural purposes (such as levelled for building houses, used for open storage, paved with concrete, used for dumping construction waste and filling of over 1.2 metres) in the past five years?

As at Total area (hectare)

Area of land left idle (hectare)

Area of land used for non-agricultural purposes Non-agricultural purposes
         

 

 

DEVB(PL)350
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4478 Regarding squatter control duties, please provide the following information:

(1)

the establishment, the estimated expenditure on the establishment and other estimated expenditures (if any) in respect of the squatter control duties of the Lands Department (Lands D) in the financial year 2018-19;
 

(2)

the number of surveyed domestic squatter structures by District Council districts in the past five years;
 

(3)

the number of surveyed non-domestic squatter structures by District Council districts in the past five years;
 

(4)

the number of eradicated surveyed domestic squatter structures by District Council districts in the past five years;
 

(5)

the number of eradicated surveyed non-domestic squatter structures by District Council districts in the past five years; and
 

(6)

the respective numbers of surveyed domestic squatter structures, surveyed non-domestic squatter structures, households (if any) and residents (if any) in the following areas:
 

 

(i)

the Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area;
 

(ii) 

the Kwu Tung North and Fanling North New Development Areas;
 

(iii)
 

the housing sites in Yuen Long South;
 

(iv)

 

the former Long Bin Interim Housing and the land to the south of the service reservoir at Tan Kwai Tsuen;
 

(v)

 

phases one, two and three of the public housing development plan at Wang Chau;
 

(vi)
 

Mui Wo and South Lantau; and
 

(vii)

 

study areas (namely Ping Che, Ta Kwu Ling, Hung Lung Hang, Man Kam To, San Tin and so on) under the Preliminary Feasibility Study on Developing the New Territories North.

 

DEVB(PL)351
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5086 Regarding the work of the Lands Department (Lands D), please inform this Committee:

(1)

On what criteria does Lands D offer compensation to owners of residential and non-residential properties, and how are such criteria formulated?
 

(2)

Has Lands D reviewed or planned to review the criteria as mentioned above? If no, what are the reasons?
 

 

DEVB(PL)352
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5094 On page 700, Volume I of the Estimates, “Gross provision of $40,310,000 under Subhead 003 Recoverable salaries and allowances (General) includes salaries and allowances for the urban renewal team which processes land resumption to make land available for the urban renewal projects” was mentioned in paragraph 5 under Operating Account. Whilst the cost will be fully recovered from the Urban Renewal Authority, please list the details and related expenditure.

DEVB(PL)353
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5104 Regarding the 32 pieces of government land let by the Lands Department for recycling purpose:

1.

Will the Government list the terms of tenancies, the sizes, the detailed locations and the relevant recycling and planning purposes (like categorised by the purpose of recycling such materials as waste paper, metal, food waste and electronic waste) of the 32 pieces of government land?
 

2.

Please provide the tender documents (note: excluding the information filled in by the tenderers) regarding the above 32 pieces of government land let for recycling purpose.
 

3.

Please provide the tender assessment criteria (such as the details of technical and rental assessments and their respective scores) regarding the above 32 pieces of government land let for recycling purpose.
 

 

DEVB(PL)354
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5729 According to the government accounts, the acquisition/clearance costs of the Lands Department in 2018-19 will increase substantially to $1.6 billion, which is higher than $700 million in 2017 and $480 million in 2016. Will the Government inform this Committee of the detailed breakdown of such costs?

DEVB(PL)355
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5730 With regard to the acquisition/clearance costs to be spent by the Lands Department in 2018-19, how many cases involve the return of land on short term tenancies and temporary government land allocations? What will be the expenditure involved?

DEVB(PL)356
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4057
(1)

How many applications for small houses were approved each year in the past five years? Among these applications, how many involved government land? What were the respective areas of private land and government land involved?
 

(2)

Of the above, how many applications in a single submission involved more than five small houses in an adjoining location (within 20 metres)?
 

 

DEVB(PL)357
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4058
1.

Please provide the number of cases and areas of land granted as at the end of 2017 by way of the following:
 

  (i) short term tenancies (STTs)
  (ii)
temporary government land allocations (TGLAs)
2.

Regarding (i) and (ii) above, how many respective cases of STTs or TGLAs will expire one after another in the coming two years and what are the areas involved?
 

3.

How many small house applications received by the Government fell under the second category (i.e. (ii) mentioned above) over the past three years? Please provide the figures on applications received as at the end of 2017 by district. How many of these applications were approved, rejected and being processed?
 

 

DEVB(PL)358
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4059 Please provide the expenditure on staff in various District Lands Offices dedicated to processing small house applications in the past three years.

DEVB(PL)359
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4060
1.

Of the 642 recognised villages, how many villages are currently with their “village environs” (“VE”) boundaries drawn up? Up to the present, what is the total area of VE with VE boundaries drawn up?
 

2.

Up to the present, what is the number of recognised villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up? Why have VE boundaries not yet been drawn up? Has a timetable been set for drawing up VE boundaries? Please list the districts and the names of the recognised villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up in table form.
 

3.

If upon receipt of applications for construction of small houses in recognised villages for which VE boundaries have not been drawn up, how will they be handled so as to be in line with the policy of “land suitable for building small houses is generally confined to areas within VE”?
 

 

DEVB(PL)360
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4096 Please inform this Committee of:

The numbers of complaints received, follow-up actions taken, warnings issued and prosecutions instituted concerning the “provision of public facilities in private developments” in the past five years (in table form).

DEVB(PL)361
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4188 Regarding small house applications:


1.

Please list in table form the total number of small house applications approved by the District Lands Offices (DLOs) in the past five years.

 

2.

Please list in table form the total number of small house applications rejected by DLOs in the past five years.

 

3.

Please list in table form the reasons for rejecting small house applications by DLOs and the number involved in the past five years.

 

2013

2014

2015

2016 2017

Applicants confirmed to be non-indigenous inhabitants of the New Territories

 

 

 

   
DLOs considered that applicants did not build houses for self-occupation          
Technical reasons          
Other reasons (please specify)          

 

4.

Please list in table form the area of land and location currently reserved for “Village Type Development”.

 

 

(a)

By DLOs
   

DLOs

Area of land reserved for “Village Type Development”

Location

Yuen Long District

 

 
Tuen Mun District    
Tai Po District    
Sai Kung District    
Sha Tin District    
Tsuen Wan & Kwai Tsing District    
Islands District    
     
  (b)
By Rural Committees (RCs)
   

RCs

Number of recognised villages

Area of land reserved for “Village Type Development”

Location

Pat Heung RC

 

 

 
Shap Pat Heung RC      
Ping Shan RC      
Ha Tsuen RC      
Kam Tin RC      
Tuen Mun RC      
Tai Po RC      

Sai Kung North RC

 

 

 
Sheung Shui District RC      
Ta Kwu Ling District RC      
Sha Tau Kok District RC      
Fanling District RC      
Sai Kung RC      
Hang Hau RC      

Sha Tin RC

 

 

 
Tsuen Wan RC      
Ma Wan RC      
Tai O RC      
South Lantao RC      
Peng Chau RC      
Tung Chung RC      
Lamma Island (North) RC      
Lamma Island (South) RC      
Mui Wo RC      
 
5.

Please list in table form the latest total demand for small houses in the coming ten years.

 

 

(a)

By DLOs
   

DLOs

Latest total demand for small houses in the coming ten years
Tuen Mun District  
Tai Po District  
Sai Kung District  
Sha Tin District  
Tsuen Wan & Kwai Tsing District  
Islands District  
     
  (b)
By RCs
   

RCs

Number of recognised villages

Number of villages that have submitted demand for small houses in the coming ten years

Latest total demand for small houses in the coming ten years

Pat Heung RC

 

 

 
Shap Pat Heung RC      
Ping Shan RC      
Ha Tsuen RC      
Kam Tin RC      
Tuen Mun RC      
Tai Po RC      

Sai Kung North RC

 

 

 
Sheung Shui District RC      
Ta Kwu Ling District RC      
Sha Tau Kok District RC      
Fanling District RC      
Sai Kung RC      
Hang Hau RC      

Sha Tin RC

 

 

 
Tsuen Wan RC      
Ma Wan RC      
Tai O RC      
South Lantao RC      
Peng Chau RC      
Tung Chung RC      
Lamma Island (North) RC      
Lamma Island (South) RC      
Mui Wo RC      
     
  (c)
The latest total demand for smallhouses in the coming ten years submitted by recognised villages:
   

Recognised villages that have submitted demand for small houses in the coming ten years

Latest total demand for small houses in the coming ten years (please specify the year of submission)

 

 
   
   

 

DEVB(PL)362
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4207 In the past five years, how many cases of small house applications processed involved land exchange with the Government? How many hectares of land were involved?

DEVB(PL)363
(PDF file)
4227 Please list in table form the numbers of small houses granted by way of a private treaty by various District Lands Offices and the area of land involved in the past five years.

DEVB(PL)364
(PDF file)
6325 Please provide, by district, the numbers of inspections of unauthorised building works in village houses and of checking of small houses, the average number of inspections carried out by each front-line officer and a breakdown of related expenditure in the past five years.

DEVB(PL)365
(PDF file)
6384 Regarding the present scenario of small houses, please list in table form the numbers of applications for the removal of alienation restrictions of New Territories small houses received and rejected by various District Lands Offices in the past five years, and the reasons for rejection.

DEVB(PL)366
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6093 The Lands Department administers land in Hong Kong by disposing of land; acquiring private land and clearing land required for the implementation of public works and other projects; managing government leases, unleased land and certain buildings held by the Government; renewing and modifying leases; and maintaining man-made slopes on unallocated and unleased government land.


(a)

Please provide, with a breakdown by the 18 districts, the information on vacant government sites among land lots of different land classes (residential, commercial, industrial, government, institution or community (G/IC), and open space) which were idle in 2016-17, in the following table:

Location of the vacant government site

Area of the vacant government site

Land status

Number of years for which the site has been left vacant Number of staff involved in matters concerning the government site Expenditure incurred for matters concerning the government site
 

 

 

     

 

(b)

Please provide, with a breakdown by the 18 districts, the information on government sites let out in 2016-17, in the following table:

Location of the government site let out

Area of the government site let out

Land use

Term of lease Number of staff involved in matters concerning the lease Expenditure incurred for matters concerning the lease
 

 

 

     

 

(c)

Please provide, with a breakdown by the 18 districts, the information on government sites let under private recreational leases (PRLs) in 2016-17, in the following table:

Location of the government site let out

Area of the government site let out

Land use

Term of lease Number of staff involved in matters concerning the government site let out Expenditure incurred for matters concerning the lease
 

 

 

     

 

(d)

Please provide, with a breakdown by the 18 districts, the information on government sites let for temporary uses (including open storage, car parks and container yards) in 2016-17, in the following table:

Location of the government site let out

Area of the government site let out

Land use

Term of lease Number of staff involved in matters concerning the government site let out Expenditure incurred for matters concerning the lease
 

 

 

     

 

 

DEVB(PL)367
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6105 One of the duties of the Department is to manage government leases to ensure compliance with the lease conditions. Please inform this Committee of the following:

a.

What are the locations, site areas and terms of lease of land currently let under private recreational leases (PRLs)?
 

b.

How many PRLs were granted by the Department in the past three years? What were the locations, site areas, terms of renewal and values of the land applied for?
 

c.

How many staff members of the Department are deployed for handling matters concerning PRLs? What is the administrative expenditure involved?
 

d.

How many inspections on the land granted under PRLs were carried out by the Department in the past three years? How did the Department ensure that the places were open according to lease conditions? Were there any places prosecuted and convicted for breaching lease conditions? Please provide the relevant details.
 

 

DEVB(PL)368
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6106 One of the responsibilities of the Lands Department (Lands D) is to manage government leases to ensure compliance with the lease conditions. Please advise on:

a.

The locations and numbers of bicycle parking spaces provided on the land managed by Lands D in the past five years;
 

b.

The numbers of bicycles removed by Lands D (and in joint-departmental operations) due to parking problems, the numbers of such enforcement operations and the numbers of “shared bicycles” involved by 18 districts in the territory in the past three years.
 

 

DEVB(PL)369
(PDF file)
4962 Please advise this Committee on the numbers of small house applications and approved cases within the “Village Type Development” zone or the environs of a recognised village in each of the past five years.
DEVB(PL)370
(PDF file)
4964 Please provide the number of vacant sites in the territory and their total area, in terms of period of vacancy (less than one year, one to 2.9 years, three to 4.9 years, five to 9.9 years and ten years or longer).
DEVB(PL)371
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4969 Please provide the information, including the site area, buyer, number of housing units to be built, plot ratio, etc., of all residential sites sold by the Government over the past five years.
DEVB(PL)372
(PDF file)
4970 Regarding tender failures in government land sale over the past five years, please provide the information about each site involved, including the location, site area, the total number of failed tenders, etc.
DEVB(PL)373
(PDF file)
4981 Please advise on the numbers of small houses in the territory and the estimated areas of land occupied in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)374
(PDF file)
4982 Please advise on the number of indigenous households, the number of members of these households and the number of persons with small house rights in Hong Kong in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)375
(PDF file)
4983 Please advise on the numbers of applications for building small houses pending and under processing in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)376
(PDF file)
5056
1.

Please provide information, by rezoned use, about the buildings, operators, terms of tenancies and rentals of idle sites and short term tenancy (STT) sites involving change of uses in the past five years.
 

2.

Please provide information, by rezoned use, about the respective numbers of idle sites and STT sites with uses not successfully rezoned in the past five years.
 

 

DEVB(PL)377
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6301 Please advise on the total areas of vacant land and vacant government land across the territory by type of land uses (such as residential and agricultural uses and others) in the past five years.
DEVB(PL)378
(PDF file)
5154
On the usage of government land, please inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

Please provide, by district, the numbers and areas of permanent government land allocations (PGLAs) valid as at 31 December 2017.

District Council district

Number

Total area

Central and Western District

   
Eastern District    

Southern District

   

Wan Chai District

   

Kowloon City District

   

Kwun Tong District

   

Sham Shui Po District

   

Yau Tsim Mong District

   

Wong Tai Sin District

   

Islands District

   

Kwai Tsing District

   

North District

   

Sai Kung District

   

Sha Tin District

   

Tai Po District

   

Tsuen Wan District

   

Tuen Mun District

   

Yuen Long District

   

 

(b)

Please list in table form government departments responsible for the management of PGLAs, the uses of PGLAs and the site area involved as at 31 December 2017.

Use

Government departments responsible for the management

Number of PGLAs Related site area

(Example: school)

 

   
       

 

 

DEVB(PL)379
(PDF file)
5156
Regarding matters relating to direct grant, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

Please provide in the table below the number of currently valid short term tenancies (STTs) granted to non-profit-making organisations, railway companies and other parties by way of “direct grant” and the site area covered.

2016-2017

“Direct grant” of sites to non-profit-making organisations

“Direct grant” of sites to railway companies

“Direct grant” of sites to other parties

Number of STTs

     
Site area covered      

 

(b)

Please provide in table form the number of currently valid STTs granted to non-profit-making organisations by way of “direct grant” and the site area covered. How many of these STTs are charging only a “nominal rent”?

 

 

DEVB(PL)380
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5157
Regarding short term tenancies (STTs), please inform this Committee of:

(a)

The numbers of valid STTs used as private gardens which have been renewed once, twice, thrice, four times or more respectively in table form;

 

(b)

How many inspections were initiated by the Government in each of the past five years to check whether the successful tenderers of STTs granted had breached any lease conditions or not? How many breaches were found each year? Was any STT terminated accordingly; if yes, how many?

 

(c)

Information about the top ten tenants of currently valid STTs (by the numbers of STTs held and area of land involved respectively) used as carparks.

  Number of STTs held by the same tenant for carpark purpose

First

 
Second  

Third

 
Fourth  

Fifth

 
Sixth  

Seventh

 
Eighth  

Ninth

 
Tenth  


  Total area of land (in square metres) of STTs held by the same tenant for carpark purpose

First

 
Second  

Third

 
Fourth  

Fifth

 
Sixth  

Seventh

 
Eighth  

Ninth

 
Tenth  


 

 

DEVB(PL)381
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5159
Regarding short term tenancy (STT) sites and their uses, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

Please provide in the table below the total number of valid STTs as at 31 December 2017 and the respective numbers of STTs renewed once, twice, thrice or more.

Use

Total number of valid STTs and their areas involved (in hectares) as at 31 December 2017

Number of STTs renewed once or more and their areas involved (in hectares)

Renewed once Renewed twice Renewed thrice
Temporary fee-paying carparks        
Driving training centres        
Plant nurseries        
Recovery and recycling business operations        
Storage and cargo handling        
Container vehicle parking        
Parking of motor vehicles belonging to tenants        
Recreational events and facilities        
Cooked food centres and/or convenience stores        
Placement of skips        
Private gardens        
Community use        
Others (please specify)        

 

(b)

Please provide the uses and the number of currently valid STTs renewed once or more.

 

 

DEVB(PL)382
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5161 Please provide the total site area covered by short term tenancies valid in various districts over the past five financial years.

 

31 March 2014

31 March 2015

31 March 2016

31 March 2017

31 March 2018

Eastern District

 

       
Wan Chai District

 

       
Central and Western District

 

       
Southern District

 

       
Kwun Tong District

 

       
Wong Tai Sin District

 

       
Kowloon City District

 

       
Sham Shui Po District

 

       
Yau Tsim Mong District

 

       
Sai Kung District

 

       
Sha Tin District

 

       
Tai Po District

 

       
North District

 

       
Yuen Long District

 

       
Tuen Mun District

 

       
Tsuen Wan District

 

       
Kwai Tsing District

 

       
Islands District

 

       


DEVB(PL)383
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5172
Under the existing Small House Policy, in general, land suitable for building small houses is confined to areas within Village Environs (VE). (1) If the proposed small house site lies outside a VE but is located within a “Village Type Development” zone (“V” zone), provided that the “V” zone concerned overlaps with the VE, consideration may also be given to such an application. (2) As regards sites within a VE but outside a “V” zone, it depends on the requirements of the land use zone on which the proposed small house site lies. In this connection, will the Government inform this Committee:

(a)

When the Government started to implement this policy?

 

(b)

How many small house applications falling under category (1) were received by the Government over the past three years (2015, 2016 and 2017)? Please list, by district, the figures on applications received as at the end of the year. Among these applications, how many were approved, rejected or being processed?

(Year)
District Number of applications received Number of applications approved Number of applications rejected Number of applications being processed
         

 

(c)

How many small house applications falling under category (2) were received by the Government over the past three years (2015, 2016 and 2017)? Please list, by district, the figures on applications received as at the end of the year. Among these applications, how many were approved, rejected or being processed?
District Number of applications received Number of applications approved as at the end of 2017 Number of applications rejected as at the end of 2017 Number of applications being processed as at the end of 2017
         

 

 

DEVB(PL)384
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5174 There are currently 642 recognised villages. On what criteria does the Government base any addition or deletion of recognised villages? Will the Government inform this Committee of the names of the five villages added or deleted recently and the reasons?
DEVB(PL)385
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5175 Regarding small house applications, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

It is learnt that under the internal guidelines on small houses of the Lands Department (Lands D), an applicant for construction of a small house is allowed to change the land on which his small house will be built to another piece of land during the application process. Is this mechanism only applicable to small house applications by way of a building licence, i.e. only limited to conversion among private lands? Alternatively, can the applicant change the way of applications during the application process (e.g. changing the applications for a building licence to land exchange or private treaty grant, and vice versa)?
 

(b)

Continued from the above question, how many applications for construction of small houses involved a change in land under application through this mechanism in the past three years? How many applications were approved by Lands D?
 

 

DEVB(PL)386
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5176 Please provide the expenditure on staff in various District Lands Offices dedicated to processing small house applications in the past three years.
DEVB(PL)387
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5177 In the past year, of the approved small house applications, how long does it take on average to process an application? Please provide a breakdown by the time taken: within a year, two years, three years, four years, five years, and six years or longer.
DEVB(PL)388
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5178 In the past three years, how many cases of small house applications processed involved land exchange with the Government? How many hectares of land were involved?
DEVB(PL)389
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5179 The Lands Department, responsible for handling small house applications and applications for the removal of alienation restrictions (ARs), possesses information on the background of applicants for removal of ARs. In view of the case of selling rights to build small houses a year ago, the public is very concerned that the removal of ARs may be misused. In each of the past five financial years, how many applications for removal of ARs were made within one year of issuance of Certificates of Compliance (CCs) in respect of small houses in the New Territories? In addition, of these cases, how many applications made within one year of issuance of CCs were approved? If there is no information on the time elapsed between the issuance of CCs and the receipt/approval of applications for removal of ARs, does the Department plan to collect such information in order to address public concerns?

DEVB(PL)390
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5180 Regarding small house applications, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

How many applications for small houses were approved in the past five years? Among these applications, how many involved government land? What were the respective areas of private land and government land involved?
 

(b)

Of the above, how many applications in a single submission involved more than five small houses in an adjoining location (within 20 metres)?
 

 

DEVB(PL)391
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5181 Please provide a breakdown by district of the manpower deployed by the Lands Department to directly or indirectly engage in processing small house applications in the past three years. How many small house applications were received, approved or rejected in each district during this period?

District Council district

2015(Note)

2016(Note)

2017(Note)

 

i

ii

iii

iv

i

ii

iii

iv

i

ii

iii

iv

Sai Kung district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kwai Tsing district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tsuen Wan district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Islands district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sha Tin district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tai Po district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuen Mun district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yuen Long district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Note: (i) Manpower (direct and indirect); (ii) Number of applications received; (iii) Number of applications approved; (iv) Number of applications rejected
 
DEVB(PL)392
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5182 In the past five years (2013 to 2017), for small houses with removal of alienation restrictions (“ARs”) approved, what was the average time elapsed between the dates of issuance of Certificates of Compliance and removal of ARs approved?

DEVB(PL)393
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5183 Please list in table form the numbers of staff members in various District Lands Offices directly or indirectly processing small house applications and the relevant staff expenditure in 2018-19 (Estimate), 2017-18 (Revised) and 2016-17 (Actual).

DEVB(PL)394
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5184 Please provide the area of land involved in the Rural Planning and Improvement Strategy/Village Improvement projects carried out by the Lands Department and the details of these projects in the past five years (2013 to 2017).

DEVB(PL)395
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5190 In the past five years, how many pieces of government land zoned Open Space and Government, Institution or Community had restricted public access (i.e. the government sites were enclosed by wire mesh or other means, or managed in various ways to restrict access)? What was the total area involved?

DEVB(PL)396
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5199 Please list in table form the details of the vacant school premises which have currently been returned to the Government, including their addresses, floor areas, the type of institutions (including but not limited to educational institutions) to which the last users belonged, the number of classrooms and facilities available therein, the duration for which they have been left vacant, their current situations, as well as the finalised uses of the school premises or the sites on which such school premises are located.

DEVB(PL)397
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5203
(a)

What were the establishment of various offices under the Squatter Control Unit responsible for inspecting squatter structures, the numbers of inspections, total time spent on inspections and the numbers of enforcement actions in the past three years?

Year   District Lands Offices

2015

Establishment                  
Number of inspections                  
Total time spent on inspections                  
Number of enforcement actions                  

2016

Establishment                  
Number of inspections                  
Total time spent on inspections                  
Number of enforcement actions                  

2017

Establishment                  
Number of inspections                  
Total time spent on inspections                  
Number of enforcement actions                  

 

(b)

What were the types and numbers of control actions (e.g. the issuance of warnings, removal of unauthorised structures, cancellation of squatter survey numbers, etc.) taken by various offices under the Squatter Control Unit in the past three years?

Type of control actions

2015 2016 2017
Issuance of warnings      
Removal of unauthorised structures      
Cancellation of squatter survey numbers      
Others (please specify)      

 

 

DEVB(PL)398
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5204 It is learnt that some villages in the New Territories have “fung shui” plans on which their traditional “fung shui” lanes are specified. Will the Government provide the following information:

(a)

the existing policy objectives and details, and the process of producing “fung shui” plans;
 

(b)

the villages eligible for producing “fung shui” plans;
 

(c)

the development constraints of the areas of land covered by “fung shui” plans; and
 

(d)

the villages in the New Territories with “fung shui” plans already produced. Please list in table form.
 

 

DEVB(PL)399
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5208 Please list in table form the number of small houses granted by way of a private treaty grant by the District Lands Offices and the area of land involved in the past five years.

DEVB(PL)400
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5238 Will the Government inform this Committee of relevant information on the disposal of land as follows:

(a)

Please provide in table form, by district, the total numbers of rolled-over sites in the annual Land Sale Programme, the address of each rolled-over site, its plot ratio, expected permissible gross floor area, expected numbers of completed residential units and the rollover time of each site over the past ten years.
 

(b)

Please provide in table form, by category of reasons for the rollover of sites, the numbers of sites that were rolled over in the Land Sale Programme over the past ten years.
 

 

DEVB(PL)401
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5260 Please provide in table form the details of sites granted by the Government by way of short term tenancy (STT) to franchised bus companies as at today.

Bus company

Location

Use (e.g. depot, bus stop)

Area (square metres)

Year of the grant

Term of the tenancy

 

 

       
 

 

       
 

 

       
 

 

       


DEVB(PL)402
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6383 Regarding the supply of residential units and sites for residential development in Hong Kong, will the Government inform this Committee of the following:

(a)

Please list in the table below the area, the development plot ratio and the expected number of residential units to be provided of each of the government sites disposed of through the Land Sale Programme by the Government for private housing and other development purposes, and the total area of sites disposed of in each of the past five years.


Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Lot 

 

 

 

 

 

Site disposed of for private housing development Number          
Area (in hectares)          
Development plot ratio          
Expected number of residential units to be provided          
Total number of sites disposed of during the relevant financial year          
Total area of sites disposed of during the relevant financial year (in hectares)          

 

 

Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Lot 

 

 

 

 

 

Site disposed of for other developments (namely including commercial/ business/ hotel/ industrial development) other than private housing development Number          
Area (in hectares)          
Total number of sites disposed of during the relevant financial year          
Total area of sites disposed of during the relevant financial year (in hectares)          


 

 

DEVB(PL)403
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6364 What are the number of government land disposed of through the Land Sale Programme by the Government to increase land supply for private housing and other development needs, the area of each piece of the land and the total area of the land disposed of in each of the past five years?

DEVB(PL)404
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3616
Please advise this Committee of the following:

1)

The area of land held under Block Government Leases and, among them, (I) the area of land used for residential purpose; (II) the area of land used for agricultural purpose; and (III) the area of land not covered by any statutory plans. Please provide a breakdown by 18 District Council districts as at 31 December 2017, and set out such information in the table below.

I II III
     

 

2)

In respect of the land held under Block Government Leases but not covered by any statutory plans, whether the construction of buildings on such land is currently subject to any planning restrictions (e.g. building height restrictions); whether the lessees may apply to the Government for redeveloping the buildings on such land; if yes, the respective number of applications received and approved by the Government in each of the past three years.

 

3)

The date and scope of the latest survey conducted by the Government on the land held under Block Government Leases; whether there is any plan to carry out a large-scale survey on such land in the coming two years.

 

4)

In reply to a question raised by a Member of the Legislative Council in November 2013, the Government indicated that the Lands Department was planning to set up an online platform to provide online version of survey and mapping information in phases, facilitating the public to purchase various kinds of digitally imaged survey and mapping products (e.g. demarcation district sheets, lot index plans and land record sheets). What is the latest progress of the work and when will the services be available to the public?

 

 

DEVB(PL)405
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5270 In 2017, the Lands Department resumed 3.78 hectares of land required for public works projects. Regarding the sites of short term tenancies (STTs), please inform this Committee of the following:

1.

For the original use of the land taken back and its area, in the case of a temporary carpark, please specify the type and number of vehicles permitted to be parked, term of lease and the use of the land taken back.
 

2.

What are the details of land for STTs to be let by tender for temporary fee-paying carparks in 2018? Please include the locations of land, their areas, the type and number of vehicles permitted to be parked, the dates on which the land will be put up for lease in the market.
 

3.

What are the number of sites granted by way of STTs for use as temporary fee-paying carparks to be taken back in 2018 for other development uses, the location of the sites to be taken back, term of lease and the number of various types of vehicles to be affected?
 

4.

At present, there are sites granted by way of STTs for use as temporary fee-paying carparks for a term of one year only, after which the sites will be put up for tender again and awarded to the highest bidders, causing a substantial increase in rent as well as parking costs for the transport trade business. Will the Government consider extending the term of STTs in order to stabilise the rent? If yes, what are the details? If no, what measures does the Government have to reduce parking costs for the transport trade business?
 

5.

For taking back STT sites, what are the staff establishment and estimated expenditure to be involved in 2018-19?
 

 

DEVB(PL)447
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4072 How many claims for “Tun Fu” allowance were received by the Government in each of the past five years? Please provide a breakdown of the claims by name of village, allowance granted and specific use related to the allowance according to the dates on which they were granted.

 

Year

 

Number of Claims Received

2013-14

 

2014-15

 

2015-16

 

2016-17

 

2017-18

 



 

Year

 

Amount Granted

Villages Involved Specific Use

2013-14

 

   

2014-15

 

   

2015-16

 

   

2016-17

 

   

2017-18

 

   



DEVB(PL)448
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5216 How many claims for “Tun Fu” allowance were received by the Government in each of the past five years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18)? Please provide a breakdown of the claims by name of village, allowance granted and specific use related to the allowance according to the dates on which they were granted.

 

Year

 

Number of Claims Received

2013-14

 

2014-15

 

2015-16

 

2016-17

 

2017-18

 



 

Year

 

Amount Granted

Villages Involved Specific Use

2013-14

 

   

2014-15

 

   

2015-16

 

   

2016-17

 

   

2017-18

 

   



S-DEVB(PL)14
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S0096
As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)192, please inform this Committee of the temporary land allocations granted by the Lands Department (Lands D):

1)

Please tabulate the details of the present temporary land allocations granted, including (i) lot number, (ii) address, (iii) use (e.g. “works areas”, “community facilities”, etc.), (iv) department allocated with the land, (v) year granted, and (vi) area.

Lot number Address Use Department allocated with the land Year granted Area
           

 

2)

Will the Government list the government departments allocated with temporary land on the GeoInfo Map? If yes, what is the timetable? If no, what are the reasons?

 

 

S-DEVB(PL)15
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S0097 As a follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)192, regarding short term tenancies (STTs) managed by the Lands Department (Lands D), please advise this Committee of the following:

Please tabulate the details of the sites let by way of STT by Lands D in the past year, including (i) lot number, (ii) address, (iii) organisation with STT granted, (iv) use, (v) area, (vi) date of grant and (vii) term.


 

Lot number

 

Address

Organisation with STT granted Use Area Date of grant Term
 

 

         



S-DEVB(PL)16
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S0104 Please provide details of land previously granted to the Urban Renewal Authority’s projects by using the table below:


 

Project title and lot number

 

Original land use and site area

Use applied for, plot ratio and maximum floor area
 

 

 



S-DEVB(PL)17
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SV032 A follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)181:

Please provide the details of cases of renaming streets with established names under processing.



S-DEVB(PL)18
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S0079 A follow-up question on Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)185 regarding the policy on waiver fees:

Currently, if owners of industrial buildings intend to use their units for uses which cannot fit into those permitted under land leases, they have to apply to the Lands Department (Lands D) for a temporary waiver (waiver) and pay a waiver fee and an administrative fee. If the uses meet the specific requirements, they may apply to the Government for waiving the fees chargeable. The Government has also pointed out in Reply Serial No. DEVB(PL)185 that it will “consider widening the scope of policy support for waiving the fees chargeable”.

In this connection, please inform this Committee of the following:

1.

In each of the past three years, how many waiver applications were made to andapproved by Lands D? Can the Government provide a breakdown by type of uses?
 

2.

In the past three years, what were the proportions of waiver fees waived out of thetemporary waivers granted?
 

3.

It is learnt that waiver fees are calculated according to individual circumstances ifunits are located on ground, podium or basement floors. There are views that there isa lack of transparency in the above calculation method. In this connection, will theGovernment explain the criteria for determining the waiver fees for these units?
 

4.

Will the Government provide figures on waiver applications for units located onground, podium or basement floors in the past three years?
 

5.

Is there any mechanism for an applicant dissatisfied with the above fees to make anappeal? If yes, what were the respective numbers of appeals and successful appealsin each of the past three years?
 

6.

Will there be any plan to review the calculation of waiver fees to increasetransparency?
 

 

THB(T)280
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6376 In respect of railway projects completed and under construction, how many residents have been affected and how many claims have been made in the past five years? What are the expenditure and manpower involved in 2018-19 for the Lands Department to undertake work on land resumption and clearance, creation of easements and rights of temporary occupation, granting and administration of short term tenancies and land allocations required for the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Shatin to Central Link?
     

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