Guangzhou plans more housing to meet demand

By ZHENG CAIXIONG | | Updated : May 16, 2023


Residential buildings in Panyu district of Guangzhou, Guangdong province. [File photo/Agencies]

Guangzhou, Guangdong province, plans to provide more than 1.31 million urban apartments to meet its housing demand during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25).

According to a development plan for housing in the southern metropolis, the newly constructed housing units will include commercial apartments, public rental housing and co-ownership housing, to meet the needs of more than 3 million new residents.

Co-ownership housing refers to homes that are developed or purchased by governments and sold to qualified residents at market prices. Purchasers live in the property after they have paid part of the price, while sharing property rights with the government.

The plan was published by the city's housing and urban-rural development bureau on its website on Wednesday.

The plan said the housing supply in the central urban areas will increase significantly, housing space will be more optimized and the number of livable communities will increase during the period.

By 2025, the targeted per-capita housing area for urban residents in Guangzhou will reach 36 square meters, the plan said.

The new housing development plan will help Guangzhou attract new talent and further enhance people's sense of identity and belonging, the plan said.

As a mega city with a net population inflow, Guangzhou has faced pressure in recent years to house new residents, it said.

The city now has a population of more than 18 million and Guangdong province has 125 million, the most populous region in the country.

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