Small Houses, Big Effects: Public Opinion Survey on the Small House Policy (Summary Report)

In April 2015, Civic Exchange published the results of a public opinion survey on Hong Kong’s Small House Policy. To download the summary report, click on the link above.

The Small House Policy (SHP) has long been a politically thorny issue, and although the government has at various times since the mid-1990s attempted to review the policy,only minor adjustments have been made since the transfer of sovereignty.

Civic Exchange first published a policy review of the SHP in 2003 in Rethinking the Small House Policy, which provided an overview of the problems associated with the policy and the implications of modifying or repealing it. This was followed by the publication of Small House Policy II: An Update in 2013, which also provided an analysis of major stakeholders’ positions. However, as important as this issue is, there is little hard data on the attitudes of either people directly impacted by the SHP, or the general population, toward the SHP and land use issues in the New Territories. This report therefore aims to fill that gap and help stakeholders consider how best to approach this seemingly sensitive topic in order to initiate an inclusive community dialogue on the way forward.

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Media coverage:

18 May 2015 – Apple Daily – 調查指六成受訪者撐改變丁權政策
18 May 2015 – Ming Pao – 智庫推算未完成丁屋申請逾9萬宗 涉地面積大過將軍澳
19 May 2015 – AM730 – 六成人冀政府設丁屋轉售禁制令
19 May 2015 – Apple Daily – 團體推算9萬宗申請 建丁屋地皮 需5個長洲
19 May 2015 – Apple Daily – 侯志強:改政策逼我哋輪公屋
19 May 2015 – Tai Kung Pao – 智庫指六成人冀改丁屋政策
19 May 2015 – Hong Kong Daily News – 丁屋研改政策 逾6成人支持
19 May 2015 – HKET – 丁屋政策不碰 增土地倍添艱
19 May 2015 – SCMP – Hong Kong public wants contentious policy on rural housing overhauled
19 May 2015 – The Standard – Wide support for review of policy on small houses
19 May 2015 – RTHK Radio News – Many back small house policy reform, finds survey
20 May 2015 – RTHK Radio 3 – Backchat “Small House Policy”
20 May 2015 – ejnsight – Time for HK to rethink its old Small House Policy
25 May 2015 – SCMP – Overhaul of Hong Kong’s divisive small house policy is long overdue
28 May 2015 – Apple Daily – 丁屋問題:瘦了村民 肥了地產商
29 May 2015 – SCMP – Government should heed Hongkongers’ wish to review small house policy – now
3 Jun 2015 – Time Out – Is it time Hong Kong reviews its Small House Policy?
16 Jun 2015 – HKET – 限制海外申請 遏丁權非法買賣
4 Jul 2015 – HKET – 解丁權問題 緩中產置業壓力