From new homes to new island: Singapore long-term plan for next 50 years
From new homes to new island: Singapore long-term plan for next 50 years. The Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) latest long-term plan, which was unveiled on Monday, includes plans for a greater variety of home types, new parks, and heritage corridors (June 6).
From now until August 4, an exhibition titled “Space for our Dreams” will be held at The URA Centre to showcase strategies for Singapore’s development over the next 50 years and beyond.
The following are seven key takeaways from the long-term plan, which is reviewed every ten years.
1. A better mix of private and public housing throughout the island
A mix of private and public housing, as well as supporting amenities and recreational options, will be built at the upcoming Bayshore residential estate near East Coast Park.
More public housing and amenities will be added to the Simei area near the Upper Changi MRT station. According to the URA, these will be integrated with existing private housing estates.
The authorities are also working out details to provide a broader range of flat layouts, giving HDB residents more flexibility in configuring various spaces to suit their needs.
A private model of assisted living will be piloted on Parry Avenue in Kovan to provide more housing options for the graying population.
The second Community Care Apartments pilot program is set to begin in Queenstown. These are HDB assisted living flats offered in collaboration with the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry of Health, and the HDB.
2. More mixed-use and industrial developments in the city center
In industrial estates, “vertical zoning” is being investigated to help integrate different but complementary uses within a single development.
Clean industrial activities, for example, can occupy lower floors, while co-working spaces around the mid-floors act as a buffer for residences on the upper floors.
To provide more flexibility for new business models, the industrial areas of Kolam Ayer and Yishun will be redeveloped to accommodate non-industrial uses such as co-working spaces.
Some commercial properties will be offered shorter lease terms ranging from 15 to 30 years in order to allow businesses to adapt to rapidly changing trends.
3. More opportunities for outdoor recreation in nature
Parts of the Southern Islands, for example, could be used to test new recreation and tourism concepts like nature and heritage learning journeys, low-impact eco-accommodations, and leisure activities, according to the URA.
Sentosa and Pulau Brani will be transformed into a leisure and tourism destination over the next few decades.
Other planned new attractions include the expansion of Marina Bay and Sentosa’s integrated resorts, the new Mandai Wildlife Reserve, and a new tourism development in Jurong Lake District.
4. Five new identity corridors islandwide
Five new identity corridors – each with unique streetscapes, heritage and experiences – will be created as part of a broader heritage and identity structure plan.
These include the 24km Rail Corridor in the west, a Thomson-Kallang Corridor running towards the north and an Inner Ring, which brings together neighbourhoods in the city fringe from Zion to Crawford Roads.
The new initiative is aimed at strengthening the identity of distinctive places and safeguarding the nation’s heritage.
5. Returning to the ‘Long Island’ plan
A “Long Island” along the south-eastern coast from Marina East to Changi could integrate coastal protection measures with planned future reclamation to protect Singapore’s coastline.
A new reservoir and residential homes with parks and recreational spaces could be built on the future site. The latest URA plan also identifies potential reclamation zones beyond the initial Long Island areas in the long term.
6. Four new nature corridors, the first of which is in Khatib.
The National Parks Board completed an extensive islandwide exercise to map out Singapore’s key biodiversity areas and how they are connected, resulting in the identification of four new ecological corridors at Khatib, Kranji, Lim Chu Kang, and Seletar.
The Khatib nature corridor will be the first to be built, and it will include three new parks: Nee Soon Nature Park, Miltonia Nature Park, and an extension of Lower Seletar Reservoir Park. These developments are in addition to the previously announced Khatib Bongsu Nature Park and Canberra Park.
It will act as a wildlife corridor between two important habitats: the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and the upcoming Khatib Bongsu Nature Park.
The Khatib Nature Corridor will also include two upcoming residential and mixed-use developments, Springleaf and Miltonia Close.
7. A new town near the Paya Lebar Air Base
After Paya Lebar Air Base is relocated in the 2030s, the site will be transformed into a new generation town with homes, jobs, and lifestyle options anchored on its identity as a former international airport, according to early concepts.
Around 800 ha will be freed up when the air base is relocated.
Existing infrastructure such as the former passenger terminal buildings, control tower, airport hangars, runway, bunkers and other historic buildings could be transformed through adaptive reuse to anchor each district in the town.
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