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LCQ19: Government lands let by way of short-term tenancies and granted by way of temporary government land allocations

Following is a question by Dr Hon Yiu Chung-yim and a written reply by the Secretary for Development, Mr Eric Ma, in the Legislative Council today (June 28):

Question:

Will the Government inform this Council of:

(1) the current number of government lands which are let by way of short-term tenancies (STTs) and their total area (with a breakdown by District Council district); and

(2) the specific locations (shown on a map) and areas (set out in a table) of the lands which are not smaller than one hectare and are currently (i) granted to various government bureaux and departments by way of temporary government land allocations or (ii) let by way of STTs?

Reply:
 
President,
 
My reply to the two-part question is as follows:
 
(1) The current number of short-term tenancies (STT) granted and their site areas with breakdown by District Lands Office district are tabulated below:
 
Table (1): Information on sites granted by way of STT
  

Location Number of STT
(approx.)
Site Area (approx.)
(hectare)
Hong Kong East 160 20
Hong Kong West and South 510 50
Kowloon East 130 50
Kowloon West 130 60
Islands 490 1 720*
North 450 50
Sai Kung 1 000 50
Sha Tin 310 60
Tuen Mun 300 50
Tai Po 530 40
Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing 270 140
Yuen Long 990 120
Sites for railway development
projects
30 40
Total 5 300 2 450
  
 *Including about 1 640 hectares of land leased to the Airport Authority Hong Kong for land formation and related works of the Three-Runway System
 
 (2) The current number of sites granted by way of STT and temporary government land allocation (TGLA) with an area not less than one hectare and their site areas are tabulated below:
 
 Table (2)(a): Information on sites granted by way of STT with an area not less than one hectare (breakdown by District Lands Office district)
  
Location Number of STT Site Area (approx.)
(hectare)
Hong Kong East 4 6
Hong Kong West and South 7 25
Kowloon East 11 32
Kowloon West 9 49
Islands 7 1 697*
North District 9 24
Sai Kung 9 19
Sha Tin 10 35
Tuen Mun 11 33
Tai Po 6 19
Tsuen Wan and
Kwai Tsing
43 120
Yuen Long 11 80
Sites for railway development projects 11 34
Total 148 2 173

  
 *Including about 1 640 hectares of land leased to the Airport Authority Hong Kong for land formation and related works of the Three-Runway System
 
 Table 2(b): Information on sites granted by way of TGLA with an area not less than one hectare (breakdown by District Council district)
  
Location
 
Number of TGLA Site Area (approx.)
(hectare)
Central and Western 11 26
Eastern 3 31
Southern 9 61
Wan Chai 18 169
Kowloon City 37 105
Kwun Tong 11 96
Sham Shui Po 7 20
Yau Tsim Mong 8 29
Wong Tai Sin 8 20
Islands 32 697
Kwai Tsing 13 395
North 29 326
Sai Kung 27 406
Sha Tin 11 33
Tai Po 19 133
Tsuen Wan 8 21
Tuen Mun 28 259
Yuen Long 16 188
Total 295 3 015
 
The land-uses of the above STT sites in Table 2(a) mainly include works areas/sites required for public rental housing/Home Ownership Scheme/railway development projects/the airport Three-Runway System/public utilities, and religious/community/other non-profit making uses (such uses altogether take up about 87% of the total area of land granted by STT as listed in Table (2)(a), including about 1 640 hectares of land leased to the Airport Authority Hong Kong for land formation and related works of the Three-Runway System), as well as open storage, container storage and temporary fee-paying carparks. The uses of sites granted under TGLA mainly include works areas/sites, etc.

Regarding the STT sites granted for works areas/works sites for long-term development uses, upon completion of the construction works, a land lease for the long-term development use will be granted by the Lands Department, and the sites for infrastructure uses will then be handed over to the responsible organisations or departments for management and operation of the facilities concerned. In other words, these STTs were in fact issued as a transitional arrangement so that works can commence to implement the long-term development uses of the sites. In addition, works sites allocated by way of TGLA for carrying out government projects (such as those for construction of roads or highways) will normally become part of the infrastructure upon expiry of the TGLA.

As the STTs and TGLAs sites involved are large in number and widely dispersed in different areas, it is not possible to provide a map indicating all of their locations.

Ends/Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:00

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