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Cross-border housing plan could work

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07.09.2018

Cheng Yiu-tong has an interesting if somewhat dangerous proposal to increase housing supply while boosting integration with the “Greater Bay Area”.

It’s not going to work as the local delegate to the National People’s Congress has suggested it, but it doesn’t mean it’s out of the question with some tweaking.

Cheng wants to encourage more Hong Kong people to live across the border by leasing land in Huizhou, Zhuhai and Zhongshan for public housing, with a target tenancy of 500,000 to 600,000 people.

Let me point out the scheme’s worst features, which pretty much make it dead on arrival. Why so many tenants when Hong Kong’s public housing queue, though the longest in 20 years, only has 270,000 people?

One reason why it’s so long is because successful applicants often prefer to........

© South China Morning Post