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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

Isolation capacity to be enhanced

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today the Government will strive to enhance the capacity of community isolation facilities by converting newly built public rental housing and looking for more hotel rooms.   Ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mrs Lam said Blocks 1 and 7 of Queen's Hill Estate in Fanling as well as Heng King House, Lai King Estate will be converted to community isolation facilities providing more than 3,000 units.    “One unit sometimes could accommodate a whole family, if unfortunately, members of the family are all confirmed preliminary positive for COVID-19,” Mrs Lam said.   She added that she is going to meet the hotel sector tomorrow to formulate a plan for the community isolation purposes.   “We know there are over 80,000 hotel rooms in Hong Kong but not all of them are suitable. We are looking for a wholesale block - a hotel which is occupying a whole building with a certain number of rooms because if it is too small, the operation becomes very difficult.   “My target is to get them to agree to a plan. It is not an individual negotiation, which has been the modus operandi previously - we approached individual hotels one by one, and discussed the terms and conditions with them one by one. That is not efficient anymore.   “We will do a wholesale plan and require them to sign on the plan so as to deliver a few thousand, up to 10,000 rooms within a very short period.”
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