In an exciting move to cater to Singaporeans' diverse lifestyle aspirations, enhance housing accessibility, and strengthen communal bonds, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has unveiled plans for new neighborhoods in central Singapore. These developments are part of the ongoing efforts under Draft Master Plan 2025, aimed at "Shaping a Happy Healthy City." These new neighborhoods aim to offer a wide array of housing options, making them more inclusive, accessible, and affordable for Singaporeans.
The central region, including the city center, is set to witness an array of promising developments. Future residents in these areas will benefit from mixed-use neighborhoods, easy access to public transportation hubs, and a plethora of amenities, workplaces, and recreational opportunities right at their doorstep. Each of these neighborhoods will offer a unique living environment, shaped by the distinct features and identity of their locations.
Here are the highlights of the proposed developments:
Pearl's Hill - A New Hillside Community in the Heart of the City
- Located on one of the last remaining hills in the city, Pearl's Hill is poised to become a vibrant and community-centric neighborhood.
- The development will comprise a mix of public and private housing, offering options such as Build-To-Order flats, rental flats, condominiums, and serviced apartments.
- Approximately 6,000 new homes will be developed over the next decade, creating a unique hillside living experience in the city.
- The neighborhood will be thoughtfully integrated with Outram Park MRT station and Pearl's Hill City Park, providing convenient access to public transport and green spaces.
Additional Housing Options in the Central Region
- Beyond the city center, more housing options are in the pipeline for various locations within the Central Region, ensuring that a wider segment of residents can enjoy enhanced convenience and accessibility.
- Upcoming areas include Bukit Timah Turf City, Mount Pleasant, and the former Keppel golf course site. These developments aim to provide a variety of housing choices, catering to different preferences and budgets.
Bukit Timah Turf City - A Neighborhood Rooted in Heritage and Nature
- Bukit Timah Turf City will feature the convenience of two MRT stations and a diverse range of housing options, including both private and public housing.
- Plans for the area emphasize the preservation of its rich heritage as a former racecourse and the creation of green spaces for ecological connectivity.
- Estimates that more than 30,000 new homes could be built on the site, assuming a gross plot ratio of 2.8 and an average unit size of 1,000 sq ft. However, the actual number will vary based on the final development plans.
Marina South, Former Keppel Golf Course Site, and Mount Pleasant
- These areas will see enhanced development plans, offering additional housing choices and community amenities.
The URA is committed to making housing more inclusive and accessible for generations of Singaporeans. The plans prioritize brownfield sites, like Pearl's Hill, to ensure the ecological and heritage significance of these areas is preserved while developing sustainably.
Public Feedback and Engagement:
- The URA is seeking public feedback on these plans, and the exhibition will be open until February 2, 2024, at The URA Centre.
- Guided tours of the exhibition are available, and visitors are encouraged to provide their thoughts on the plans.
- Stay updated on further initiatives under the Draft Master Plan 2025 by visiting the URA's dedicated website.
In summary, these plans represent a significant step toward creating thriving, inclusive, and endearing communities in the heart of Singapore. With new housing options and mixed-use developments, central Singapore will continue to evolve as a dynamic and desirable place to live, work, and play.
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