HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 30 September 2022 - New World Development Company Limited ("NWD" or "the Group"; Hong Kong stock code: 00017) announced today that the Group plans to triple its land bank in Hong Kong by 12 million square feet of Gross Floor Area (GFA) in the next few years to help increase housing supply by speeding up farmland conversion in the city.
"A series of measures announced by the Hong Kong Government will help speed up the conversion and development of farmland," said Adrian Cheng, CEO of New World Development. "These include a standard farmland premium, a 20% increase in plot ratio, and the setting up of a Steering Committee on land and housing supply."
NWD has around 15 million square feet of farmland near the North Metropolis. "Among these, we are actively exploring the development of 12 million square feet of farmland in Fanling North and Yuen Long," Cheng said.
In the next three years, six to seven plots of farmland that amount to 3 million square feet in GFA will be transferred to its land reserves.
In the medium to long run, a few more plots of farmland can be converted, making up nearly 9 million square feet of GFA.
In the near future, the entire Northern Metropolis will be connected to the MTR’s Northern Link, while the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation and Technology Park in the Lok Ma Chau Loop will help attract talent, and increase the demand for housing in the area.
About New World Development Company Limited
Founded in 1970, New World Development Company Limited ("The Group"; Hong Kong stock code: 00017) was publicly listed in Hong Kong in 1972 and is a constituent stock of the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index. A premium brand infused with a unique personality best defined by The Artisanal Movement, New World Group's core business areas include investment in property and property development, and investment in and/or operation of roads, commercial aircraft leasing, construction, insurance, hotels and other strategic businesses. Its Greater China operations, especially in the Greater Bay Area, had a total asset value of approximately HK$639.7 billion as at 31 December 2021. The Group's two listed companies are NWS Holdings Limited (61%), and New World Department Store China Limited (75%). New World China Land Limited is wholly owned by the Group.