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3. Selection

The URA will consider allapplications which fulfill the selection criteria. All applications will be assessed with reference to the following factors:


Residential building conditions


For example:


  1. A high proportion of the residential buildings in poor condition, indicated by building decay and dilapidation, such as concrete spalling, cracking, bulging, leakage or seepage;
  2. A high proportions of the residential buildings with confirmed signs of sub-divided units;or
  3. Residential buildings with permanently obstructed means of escape from the ground floor to the roof.

Planning gains


For example:


  1. The redevelopment allows for set-back/road widening, etc. (ifthe Government’s intentions are known) or has the potential for this;
  2. The redevelopment allows for pavement widening/corner set-back /realignment of a public passageway;
  3. The redevelopment allows for better vista and air-ventilation;
  4. The redevelopment allows for the provision of at-grade open space, or space for social enterprise or GIC use;
  5. Buildings/structures within the proposed project are of historical, architectural or cultural significance, and are deemed to be able to add value to the future development by providing a viable”theme”;
  6. The redevelopment allows for designs to mitigate current noise impact;
  7. Existing use includes obnoxious trades, or unauthorized or illegal activities, the removal of which by way of redevelopment would have a positive impact on local living environment;or
  8. Poor living conditions: e.g. a high degree of sharing (if discernible).

Planning impact


For example:


  1. Redevelopment of the proposed site would compromise the potential of implementing a more comprehensive project for the benefit of the community;
  2. Existing use (with a distinct local character) would be removed by redevelopment; or
  3. Over-concentration of projects in that district in the same year.

Other planning factors


For example:


  1. A clear indication of local aspirations;
  2. Ownership structure;
  3. Re-housing resources in the district; or
  4. Abnormal spate of tenant evictions.

If there is/are suitable demand-led redevelopment project(s) that satisfy all the application requirements, the URA may exercise its absolute discretion, while considering whether the URA has sufficient resources to undertake any such demand-led redevelopment projects within a reasonable period.
Demand-led redevelopment projects selected by the URA have to be approved by the Financial Secretary for implementation.


The URA conducts a freezing survey for the building(s) within the site of an approved project for commencement. This indicates that the relevant application has been approved and that the relevant project has commenced.