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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

CS supports Budget measures

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung today said he strongly supports this year's Budget which provides much-needed relief to the public as well as businesses, and prepares for the post-COVID-19 economic revival.   Mr Cheung made the remarks after the Financial Secretary delivered the 2021-22 Budget, adding that the measures also continue to enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness and invest for the future.   He said: "The economy of Hong Kong has been severely hit and battered in the past year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, as well as external factors such as tensions between China and the United States.   "This Budget has been drawn up against this very difficult and challenging background.   "The most noteworthy measure in this year's Budget is perhaps the issuance of electronic consumption vouchers worth $5,000 to each eligible Hong Kong permanent resident and new arrival aged 18 or above. This is certainly a stimulant for local consumption and will help energise the local market."   Mr Cheung added that the Budget has also proposed short-term relief measures for the unemployed and placed emphasis on improving people's livelihood.   He firmly believes that the Legislative Council will pass the Appropriation Bill as soon as practicable to pave the way for the city's economic recovery.
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