In this year’s National Day Rally Speech, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced some developments in terms of land use and there are a number of changes to look forward to.
Waterfront HDB housing in Keppel Club site
One of the main announcements was the development of the Great Southern Waterfront, a district doubles the size of Punggol town which contains 2,000 hectares of land. Prime Minister Lee has likened it to “Punggol by the bay”.
Although the development was announced almost 6 years ago in 2013, work will be likely to start only in five to 10 years’ time from now.
The masterplans have to be cautiously laid out as this is prime land and it involves the moving of the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) city terminals in Tanjong Pagar, Keppel and Pulau Brani to Tuas by 2027.
Within the Greater Southern Waterfront is the site of Keppel Club and on that site, 9,000 private and public housing will be built.
Besides places of residence, the waterfront will also be a commercial node, bringing in more companies and jobs to the area. There will also be recreation areas in the district with the redevelopment of 2 old power stations in Pasir Panjang.
Punggol, Jurong Lake and Paya Lebar Air Base districts
In place of the Brani Terminal on Pulau Brani will be a “Downtown South” resort to be built by the National Trades Union Congress.
The island is near Keppel Habour, it sits between the main island and Sentosa. Sentosa will also get an upgrade with the revitalisation of its beaches in the plans.
Some of the other major districts with forthcoming enhancements include plans for Punggol to become Singapore’s mini-Silicon Valley with the Punggol Digital District, the development of the area near Jurong Lake and Jurong East MRT station to the “Second Central Business District (CBD)” and the redevelopment of the Paya Lebar Air Base into a district with new homes, offices, factories and parks.