North-East Region – What You Need To Know About The URA Masterplan In Your Region
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has launched its 2019 draft master plan (Master Plan is reviewed every 5 years and the last review was made in 2014) – a blueprint which guides Singapore’s development of land and property in the medium term over the next 10 to 15 years.
Here are the key points in the plan which could affect your livelihood and lifestyle in the North-East Region of Singapore:
North-East is the most densely populated and has the third highest population. North-East is the heartland living, where the familiar meets the future. Established towns like Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon and Hougang will see new housing options at Lentor Hills, Lorong Chuan and Hougang Avenue 3. Punggol Point will be decorated with new waterfront facing housing precincts at Punggol Point.
- Lentor Hills is a new neighbourhood conveniently located near the upcoming Lentor MRT station. Lentor Hills will feature new parks, seamless pedestrian and cycling connectivity between Teachers Estate and Lentor MRT station, and commercial amenities.
Artist’s Impression of Lentor Hills. Source: URA
- Punggol Point is envisioned as a green heritage estate with high accessibilities to dining, retail and recreational facilities. One of the its highlights is the 1.5 km heritage trail along Old Punggol Road which links to Punggol Waterway Park and Punggol Digital District to Punggol Jetty.
- New parks, amenities and pedestrian links for Lorong Chuan precinct which is a 5-10 min walk or cycle from Lorong Chuan MRT station or just a train stop away from Bishan and Serangoon interchanges.
- New integrated commercial and residential development will be built next to Buangkok MRT station which features various amenities and community spaces such as hawker centre, a community club, a bus interchange and many others.
Artist’s Impression of Buangkok Integrated Development. Source: URA
- Punggol Town Hub will be an integrated community hub featuring a regional library, hawker centre, community club, childcare centre and health service centres. The Linear Green under the viaduct will link Punggol Town Hub to Punggol Central and Waterway Point. Dotted with playgrounds, fitness corners and lush greenery, residents can also use it to walk to SAFRA Punggol and Punggol Regional Sport Centre expediently.
- Lorong Halus will be progressively developed as a Food, Lifestyle and Logistics cluster, next to the upcoming Defu Cross MRT station on the Cross Island Line. It will be designed to be pedestrian-centric with easy access to waterfront parks and open spaces.
- North-East region will be served by 5 MRT lines by 2035 upon the completion of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and Cross Island Line (CRL).
- More dedicated cycling paths will be added to complement existing footpaths in Ang Mo Kio. Lentor and Mayflower MRT Stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line will make Ang Mo Kio even more accessible to the city and the north when completed in 2020.
- The waterways at Serangoon Reservoir, Punggol Reservoir and My Waterway@Punggol will be transformed into active spaces for water activities, connected to recreational nodes like Punggol Regional Sport Centre, SAFRA Punggol and Anchorvale Community Club.
Zones for water activities and launch points. Source: URA
- New Outward Bound Singapore (OBS)@Coney will allow greater access and enables more quality outdoor programmes and expeditions to be conducted.
- A park for recreation and enjoyment will be developed to enhance Hampstead Gardens.
- Civics Commons located inside the new Punggol Coast MRT station is a public spaces which serves to bring commuters together in the heart of Punggol North.
Artist’s Impression of Civics Commons. Source: URA
- Located at the eastern end of Campus Boulevard, Market Village offers new retail and dining options by the water.
- Campus Boulevard is a pedestrianized street lined with various shops and F&B outlets.
- Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Forum is a sheltered public event space with visual and physical links to the surrounding Campus Heart and Campus Boulevard.
- Punggol Digital District will also feature: an Open Digital Platform which will integrate and centralise the management of various buildings within a single estate system, the Centralised Logistics Hub which serves as a single stop where all goods can be dropped off and picked up, District Cooling System which centralises cooling needs, Pneumatic Waste Collection with a district-wide underground vacuum-pipe network and eliminates the need for waste collection trucks and eradicate odour from refuse chutes, Smart Energy Grid for a cleaner source of energy for daily uses.
Artist’s Impression of aerial view of Punggol Digital District: Source: JTC