An exhibition on the proposed land use plans for Woodlands Regional Centre,
which will see changes to landscape and activities for residents there (Photo:
Khaw Boon Wan Facebook page)
Woodlands will be the next “regional centre” planned for further development
after Tampines and Jurong.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a speech at a community
event on Sunday that when fully developed in about 15 to 20 years, there will be
“two distinct precincts” there.
It will have a waterfront area, another MRT line – the Thomson Line – would be
opened by 2019, as well as a rail link with Johor Baru, Malaysia.
It is part of a land use master plan by the Government, and a draft of the
Master Plan 2013 will be exhibited for public viewing and comments before being
finalised sometime in 2014, he said in his speech.
For the Woodlands Regional Centre development, the Government is looking to the
public to suggest names for the two precincts, as well as seeking feedback on
the proposed plans via theUrban
Redevelopment Authority (URA)
One of the precincts is tentatively called Woodlands
North Coast and includes the area
between Republic Polytechnic and the Woodlands Waterfront, with a mix of
residential and business use.
The other precinct, with the working name of Woodlands
Central, is around the Woodlands MRT station and planned as a commercial
Woodlands Regional Centre is set to have two distinct precincts in about two
decades’ time, now tentatively called Woodlands North Coast and Woodlands
Central (Photo: Urban Redevelopment
Khaw said: “With 100ha of land available for development, the Woodlands Regional
Centre will build on the Causeway Point. But will be many times bigger and more
He added: “Connectivity to the city and other parts of Singapore will expand
manifold. The Rapid Transit Link with JB (Johor Baru) opens up another platform
of cross-border connection, in addition to the Causeway.”
In a report by TODAY
newspaper, the minister told reporters that the Woodlands North MRT station,
which is part of the upcoming Thomson Line, will be an interchange to the future
rail link to Johor Baru.
There are plans to have an immigration clearance facility there, but he said it
is unlikely for thehigh-speed
rail system between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to
be located in Woodlands.
He also gave the assurance that the developments, which would cover an area
bigger than the 60ha Gardens by the Bay, would not drive housing prices up.
Khaw said in the TODAY report: “Please don’t worry. As I’ve always maintained –
public housing will always be affordable. I am confident because we are the
ones who set the price for new HDB (Housing Board) flats.”
He added: “BTO (Built-To-Order housing) prices will be linked in relation to the
median income of the targeted population, so we can always make sure that new
BTO prices will be affordable for new families starting up. That is a promise
that we can deliver.”
PART OF BIGGER NORTHERN EXPANSION
The Woodlands Regional Centre is part of a bigger expansion to the northern part
of Singapore that spans across Sebawang, the future Selatar Regional Centre and
Punggol – identified in aLand
Use Plan announced earlier.
Called the North
Coast Innovation Corridor, there are long-term plans to grow a Seletar
Regional Centre to two times that of the Tampines Regional Centre.
There will be a Seletar Aerospace Park, which will provide a range of activities
including training, research and development.
Along the Sembawang coastline, new waterfront land will be freed up after the
Government phases out existing shipyard facilities. This will provide land for
new business activities.
Tampines Regional Centre was launched in 1992 while the Jurong Lake District
Master Plan for the Jurong Regional Centre was launched in 2008 with the area
expected to be fully developed around 2025.
Khaw said: “One underlying principle behind many of our master plans is to
spread out our population and bring jobs closer to homes. This will save
travelling time and make it convenient for Singaporeans.”