North 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 Region of Singapore:
The neighbourhoods in the North – Admiralty, Sembawang, Woodlands and Yishun – contain Singapore’s second largest population. It is a region with ample greenery and abundant opportunities especially with the upcoming integrated developments like Bukit Canberra, Canberra Plaza and Woodlands Health Campus. Residents of the North will soon have the opportunity to enjoy the various new amenities and public housing developments planned around existing and upcoming MRT stations, including Canberra MRT.
- The upcoming Bukit Canberra is expected to fully open in 2021 and will offer Sembawang residents easier access to amenities including a verdant park-like setting which features facilities such as polyclinic, senior care centre, hawker centre, swimming pools, and an indoor sports hall.
Artist’s Impression of the bird’s eye view of Bukit Canberra. Source: Singapore Sports Council
- Canberra Plaza will be completed in end-2019 and this integrated development will feature public housing with various amenities including an event plaza, supermarkets, restaurants, food courts and enrichment centres.
- Woodlands Health Campus will open progressively from 2022 and it comprises of both acute and community hospitals, a nursing home and specialist clinics.
Artist’s Impression of aerial view of WHC. Source: SAA Group
- More recreational activities and community spaces will be injected into Singapore Racecourse.
- A green walking and cycling loop will be progressively created around Lower Seletar Reservoir for a seamless connection to the future Round Island Route from Yishun Dam.
- 2019 will see the opening of Canberra MRT on the North-South Line (NSL), Woodlands North, Woodlands, and Woodlands South MRT stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) and Yishun Integrated Transport Hub.
Artist’s Impression of Canberra MRT. Source: URA
- Springleaf MRT along the TEL will open by 2020.
- Upgrades will be made to the Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange and will connect to the Woodlands MRT interchange station upon completion.
- Residents will enjoy a seamless pedestrian and cycling connection to Woodlands MRT, Admiralty Park and all the way to Woodlands Waterfront Park when WoodsVista Gallery opens.
- Sungei Kadut will be refreshed and house the Agri-Food Innovation Park (AFIP) cluster to support the growth of existing and new businesses in a more sustainable, clean and green setting. New high-rise hubs such as Trendspace for furniture industry players and TimMac for metal, machinery and timber industries will feature flexible spaces.
- Cashin House will feature new amenities for visitors to enjoy.
- The Jalan Kayu Environment Improvement Project aims to provide an improved pedestrian experience with new landscaping and outdoor refreshment areas.
- The former RAF Seletar headquarters now hosts an array of F&B options through the adaptive reuse of colonial bungalows at the Oval.
Wheeler’s Yard, one of the many F&B establishments at The Oval. Source: Straits Times
- Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat will open in mid-2022 as a nature park.
An aerial view of Mandai Mangrove and mudflat. Source: National Parks Board
- RTS Link will connect the Bukit Chagar Station in Johor Bahru with the RTS Link Woodlands North Station via the Thomson-East Coast Line.