SINGAPORE: A total of 19,000 units in three upcoming neighbourhoods – Kampong Bugis, Holland Plain and Bayshore – are in the pipeline over the next decade.

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong made this announcement on Monday (Oct 16) at the launch of an exhibition showcasing the proposals for the new districts.

“We want to make sure future residential precincts continue to meet the aspirations and needs of Singaporeans,” Mr Wong said.


A Car-lite and Green Future

With the rise of shared transport and less need for car ownership, roads and car parks will become less necessary, allowing more space to be set aside for community and green spaces in the future, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said.

In line with this, the precincts will be designed around the vision of a car-lite, inclusive and green future.

For example, car parks could go underground, allowing for fewer cars on the road. Seamless networks of walkways, cycling paths and public transport nodes are also among the plans for the new districts.

More green spaces will be created, linking up to green networks islandwide.



Upcoming Precincts at Bayshore, Holland Plain and Kampong Bugis

The largest of the three precincts is Bayshore, a 60-hectare district located beside East Coast Park.

It will have the capacity for about 12,500 HDB built-to-order flats and new condos, and is projected for launch after 2024, when the Bayshore and Bedok South train stations are completed.

A 1km main street is set to run through the precinct, and will be lined with parks, shops and other amenities such as childcare and elderly facilities.

The future use of autonomous vehicles may help free up more road space for wider pavements and more parks.

Another precinct to be developed is Holland Plain, which will be launched from 2021. Located near King Albert Park station and the Rail Corridor, the 34-hectare area may yield about 2,500 private units.

A wetland park and community plain are planned to cover more than 30 per cent of the entire area. Features such as skyrise greenery within private developments and green routes will also be designed throughout the district.

Such skyrise greenery can help lower ambient temperatures by around 3°C, and help clear storm water runoff, URA said.

The first site to be launched will be Kampong Bugis over the next one to two years. The 17-hectare area – the smallest of the three districts – will house about 4,000 private units.

The area will include three train stations – Lavender, Kallang and the upcoming Bendemeer station.

A master developer will be appointed to plan and implement the precinct’s developments and public infrastructure.

The neighbourhood will be designed for residents who use public transport and “active mobility modes” such as cycling and walking. As such, car park provisions can be adjusted to one lot for every two residential units, URA said. Currently, one car park lot is available for every private residential unit.

Touted as a 15-minute cycle away from the city, the upcoming precinct will tap into the planned extension of the Bishan-to-City cycling route across Kampong Bugis, linking up park connectors in the area.

The nearby Kallang Riverside Park will also be transformed into a waterfront park.