Date
24 September 2017
Hong Kong authorities are said to be planning to ease the rules on some sites in the Kai Tak redevelopment zone to generate more residential and commercial space. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong authorities are said to be planning to ease the rules on some sites in the Kai Tak redevelopment zone to generate more residential and commercial space. Photo: HKEJ

Kai Tak building rule proposals spark concerns

Hong Kong authorities are looking at easing the height restrictions on buildings that will come up on 10 sites in the Kai Tak redevelopment site, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday.

The Planning Department, along with some other government agencies, is proposing some changes in the plot ratio at the sites that will result in 20 percent additional space being created for commercial and residential use, the report said. It could mean 6,800 more home units and 4.62 million square feet of additional commercial space.

The proposed changes are made in accordance with the government’s target to supply 470,000 home units in 10 years, a plan that had been unveiled earlier by Chief Executive CY Leung.

Urban town planning experts said the proposed 20 percent addition should be the maximum, and that any further increase in the plot ratio could damage the skyline near the Lion Rock landmark.

Members of the Harbourfront Commission are concerned that a waterfront hotel and some building proposals may affect the coastline.

The planned increase in the plot ratio has also prompted some observers to question whether authorities have lost sight of the original concept behind the whole redevelopment project — a “people-oriented” initiative involving the development of low-density recreational green areas.

The 10 land plots include three residential sites and some commercial sites for building hotels, offices and government premises.

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