The government has drastically revised a plan to build flats on part of the Hong Kong Golf Club, in Fanling, to more than double the number of units and use all of them for public housing.
In the original proposal announced in 2019, the government said it will take back 32 hectares of land from the golf club east of Fan Kam Road, and build 4,600 units – 70 percent of which will be earmarked for public housing.
But in an interview with RTHK, Secretary for Development Michael Wong said now they want to build over 10,000 units on the site.
"We have made good progress on our study. Our initial view is that more than 10,000 public units can be built there. In view of the shortage of public housing, we will earmark all of the flats as public units," he said.
He said he expected it would take one year to complete relevant town planning procedures and the site will be ready for development in September 2023.