The Secretary for Development Michael Wong said on Thursday that even if government takes back brownfield sites and agricultural lands, Hong Kong will still need for more land to meet its housing needs.
Wong said that even if the brownfield sites and agricultural land in Kwu Tung North, Fanling North, and Hung Shui Kiu are taken back by the government, there's still not enough land and reclamation will be needed.
He added that ecological value is another factor that needs to be considered when looking at developing in the New Territories.
Wong also hit back at critics of the government's choice of location for a proposed artificial island, saying Kau Yi Chau – the location selected for the first phase of reclamation in the "Lantau Tomorrow Vision" project – is a great choice.
He said it is only 10 kilometres from Central, just a bit further than the eight kilometres between Tai Koo and Central.
Some have said the proposed artificial island would be vulnerable to extreme weather resulting from climate change. But speaking on the project, the Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing said the reclamation will be done using the latest global standards which factor in the climate change conditions.