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Three new precincts to showcase future neighbourhood designs: Lawrence Wong

Artist impression of proposed Bayshore Street.jpg
Artist impression of proposed Bayshore Street.

SINGAPORE will develop three new residential precincts in Kampong Bugis, Holland Plain and Bayshore over the next seven years under a new concept that emphasises connectivity, greenery and community, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said on Monday.

The 17-hectare Kampong Bugis site, located around Kallang Road, can yield around 4,000 new homes, while the 34-hectare Holland Plain site can yield up to 2,500 new residences. The 60-hectare Bayshore site will be the largest, able to hold 12,000 mixed public and private homes.

The Kampong Bugis site will launch within the next two years, with a master developer appointed after a concept-price tender, or two envelope system. Holland Plain will follow in in 2021, and Bayshore in 2024, said Mr Wong, who is also Second Minister for Finance.

Speaking at the "Our Neighbourhoods: A Look Into The Future" exhibition held at the URA Centre Atrium, Mr Wong encouraged residents to transition to the government's "car-lite" initiative, saying that doing so could help planners set aside less space for roads and car parks.

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He cited Bayshore as an example, saying that the road could be narrowed to two lanes from three under a car-lite push.

All three precincts will be within five to 10 minutes' walk of an MRT station, with sheltered walkways improving connectivity. This is part of plans for the "vast majority" of neighbourhoods to be located within 10 minutes' walk of an MRT station.

The Bayshore site will be situated between the upcoming Bayshore and Bedok South MRT stations on the future Thomson-East Coast line.

Mr Wong said that the government was not limited by these three projects, and from continued feedback will "improve the design and features of future residential sites all over Singapore".