The Panel on Welfare of the Legislative Council today (12 December) discussed encouraging developers to build residential care homes in private development projects. New Thinking Legislative Council member Di Chi-yuan said that the construction of residential care homes under private buildings may lead to "cross car access", questioning the reduced attractiveness of housing to the public, which in turn has made developers resist the construction of residential care homes. LegCo member Chan Pui-leung is concerned about whether the Government will include gerontechnology as one of the construction clauses.
The Acting Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Ho Kai-ming, said only that the attractiveness of the project was market-driven. As for the requirement to join gerontechnology, Ho emphasised that private development projects are not government-funded projects, and it is difficult to add additional construction requirements, depending on the development orientation of the residential care home.
The Government encourages developers to build and operate elderly homes in private development projects, which Dik said should be mandatory under the terms of the sale. (Profile picture)
The Government encourages developers to build and operate elderly homes in private development projects, and Ho Kai-ming plans to relax the current practice by the end of this month to no longer limit the number of eligible residential care homes for the elderly who can be exempted from land price per site, and the maximum gross floor area of residential care homes will be relaxed to 1,2 square metres, and the total floor area of residential care homes will be waived in calculating the total floor area of the Development, which will be reviewed on a trial basis for three years.
Dik said that the original intention of the scheme was quite good, but looking at the residential care homes that are currently implementing the scheme, they have not been as popular as expected, describing them as "dispensable", which will have little help in increasing the overall supply of residential care homes, and it is believed that the response from the developers of the scheme will remain lukewarm. He said bluntly: "The entry and exit of cross cars is attractive to the public?" He added that the government might as well include clauses on the construction of residential care homes, allocation of human resources and use of gerontechnology when selling land.
Ho said that whether the project is popular will be dominated by the market. The Government added that the relevant proposals have been added to the land sale clause, and between 2018 and May this year, developers provided more than 5,18 square feet of residential care facilities to Hong Kong in 10 development projects.
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Chan is also concerned about whether the Government will require developers to incorporate gerontechnology in the construction of residential care homes. Ho Kai-ming said that private residential care homes for the elderly have corresponding regulations, and private residential care homes are not government-funded projects, so the government will only impose basic licensing requirements on developers, so it is up to the developer to decide what type of equipment to add to their homes.
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