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Public forums on a proposal to facilitate private redevelopment

The Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau (HPLB) will hold two public forums on April 10 and May 16 to collect public views on a proposal to lower the compulsory sale threshold for three specified classes of lots under the Land (Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment) Ordinance (LCSRO).

With the aim of further facilitating private redevelopment efforts so as to arrest the aggravating problem of building deterioration, HPLB commenced a public consultation on March 8 this year on a proposal to make use of an existing mechanism under the LCSRO to specify, by way of subsidiary legislation, in Gazette notice the following three classes of lots  to enjoy a threshold of not less than 80% of undivided shares of the lots when applying to the Lands Tribunal for a compulsory sale of the whole lots for the purpose of redevelopment -

(i) a lot with "all units but one" acquired;
(ii) a lot with building(s) aged 40 years or above; or
(iii) a lot with missing/untraceable owners (with the number of missing/untraceable owners accounting for at least 10% of undivided shares of the lots).
Members of the public are welcome to attend the two public forums. Details are as follows:

Public forum (1)
Date: April 10, 2006 (Monday)
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: Kwai Fong Community Hall, 2 Lai Fong Street, Kwai Chung

Public forum (2)
Date: May 16, 2006 (Tuesday)
Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Room 103, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building, 15 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai

Seats will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Registration and enquiries can be made at tel. 2848 2718 or e-mailed to [email protected]

The consultation exercise will last until the end of May this year.  The consultation document can be viewed and downloaded from the website of HPLB (www.hplb.gov.hk).

Ends/Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Issued at HKT 14:31