URA Draft Master Plan 2013: Housing Expansion For the new Marina South District, Holland Village, and Kampong Bugis
The URA has laid out a Master Plan that would give rise to a new district and further extend the housing capacity for the new Marina South District and Holland Village.
As a major part of URA’s Master plan, an additional 1,500 new housing units are set to be put up in the prestigious Holland Village.
Meanwhile, further development is to be implemented upon Kampong Bugis. In addition, the plan includes construction of about 4,000 private homes in the area. As for more convenience, the developers are urged to cover the possibilities of establishing car and bicycle-sharing facilities.
The plan is also set to give rise to a new district called Marina South which next to Marina Bay. It is said to include about 9,000 private homes.
By the year 2027, once ports move from TanjongPagar and PasirPanjang to Tuas, the Great Southern Waterfront project is envisioned to rise in coastal land freed up by the ports.
These changes mentioned are plans included in the most updated master plan of Singapore’s land use for the forthcoming generations.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority has disclosed that the main goal of the Draft Master Plan 2013 is to develop a closer community.
The Master plan serves as a guide for the island’s land use for the following 10 to 15 years and is always revised every 5 years.
As for the other parts of the plan, more housing projects are to be made in the new housing areas at Tampines North, Bidadari, Punggol Matilda, and the older estates Hougang, Sembawang, Yishun, and Choa Chu Kang. All summed up, sufficient land has been allocated for 500,000 new homes, particularly for public housing.
Based on the master plan, the fastest to be done would be the further development of Holland Village.
Its extension is to incorporate the mixed-use development housing and add pedestrian-oriented streets, an underground carpark, and access roads for redirecting traffic away from the centre of activities.
New public spaces such as exciting community park and urban plazas are planned to be built as well.
A mixed-use site with private housing in the Holland Village is expected to be launched for sale by the Urban Redevelopment Authority come 2015.
In kampong Bugis, together with Marina South, new housing will be built after 2016. These plans include incorporating fenceless development and less carpark spaces. This is to give way to unrestricted entertainment brought about by the waterfront.
As for Kampong Bugis, it will spear-head an environmental approach by implementing a car-reduced concept within the area. The use of MRT, public transportation including a future water taxi service will be encouraged among commuters.
Since Kampong Bugis is located at the junction of Rochor Canal and Kallang River, it has been set for a pilot project for a solid, water sustainable precint, consolidating bio-retention basins, storm water management system, and detention ponds.
The Marina South is anticipated to become a lively, mixed-use residential community to have an eco-friendly mode of transportation. It will be made to become a people friendly district, lined with an 800 metre long street made especially for pedestrians and an underground mall linking 2 Thomson Line Stations at Gardens by the Bay and Marina South. In between Bay South Gardens and the seafront will be an elevated landscaped walkway that will allow people to move smoothly.
To have a more refreshing environment for cycling and walking at the ground level, an underground network of carparks will be in the works.
Marina South will get an allocation of 30% more energy-efficient buildings through the addition of eco-friendly features.
The entire population of Singapore can expect a more dynamic city from 2027 onwards after PSA container terminals are transferred to Tuas, leaving 1,000 ha vacant land for development.
There are preliminary conceptual plans for the new area Greater Southern Waterfront. The plan includes the creation of a continuous waterfront promenade from Labrador Park to Gardens by the Bay, and building up a new reservoir from the sea between PulauBrani and TanjongPagar.
The Draft Master Plan 2013 aims to make Singapore a better place to live in through:
- Providing improved living environment with different housing options
- Bringing quality jobs closer to home and enhancing the growth of the business and financial hub in the city
- Broadening green and recreational spaces for everyone
- Building captivating homes
- Reinforcing transport accessibility and connectivity
- Reinvigorating public spaces
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