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    Default Woodlands to become 'Star Destination of North'

    Woodlands to become 'Star Destination of North'

    Apr 17, 2017

    Melody Zaccheus


    A raft of changes - including new residential, commercial and business developments - is set to be rolled out across Woodlands within the next five to 10 years.

    The Housing Board plans to transform the 1,198ha town into the "Star Destination of the North", with the addition of approximately 10,000 new residential units. One of the projects is a new public housing development in Woodlands North Coast.

    At the launch of the HDB's exhibition in Woodlands Central on the renewal plans yesterday, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said: "We have called this 'Housing in the Woods' because if you look at the site, it has hilly terrain and it has abundant greenery, so we will make use of this natural landscape to create homes with lush greenery and with good views of Admiralty Park and the Strait of Johor."

    The authorities plan to expand and enhance the existing Woodlands Regional Centre and this will include the development of the 70ha Woodlands North Coast.

    A business park is also slated to be the first such cluster in the northern region. It is envisioned as a new hub especially for businesses with Malaysian and Asean links, said Mr Wong.

    The Urban Redevelopment Authority previously said Woodlands Regional Centre will have the potential to provide up to 100,000 jobs.

    The efforts fall under the HDB's Remaking Our Heartland scheme.

    Woodlands will also get a transport boost with new MRT stations and the North-South Expressway.

    Analysts said property prices will likely gradually appreciate in the area, and such infrastructural improvements must come with the right mix of businesses for longevity.

    Melody Zaccheus

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    Woodlands revamp: 10,000 new homes could be added

    Apr 17, 2017

    New residential projects part of HDB's plans to transform town into 'star destination'

    Melody Zaccheus


    Woodlands could get almost 10,000 new dwelling units as part of the Housing Board's Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme, which is poised to transform the entire town into a "Star Destination of the North".

    National Development Minister Lawrence Wong announced the new residential projects yesterday at Woodlands Central, where an HDB exhibition on the area's renewal plans was launched. The projects will be sited at Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast.

    The Woodlands Central homes, to be integrated with commercial and community facilities, will be built near Woodlands MRT station. The authorities have yet to decide if these will be public or private units.

    Meanwhile, the Woodlands North Coast public housing development will offer residents a "housing- in-the-woods" experience by leveraging on the area's natural hilly terrain so they can enjoy views of Admiralty Park and the Strait of Johor.

    The entire makeover of Woodlands - the Republic's northern regional centre - will be implemented within the next five to 10 years. A budget has yet to be finalised. He added: "In Singapore, the Government not only builds HDB flats, but we ensure a quality home and living environment for everyone, and so we invest significant amounts in upgrading programmes... billions of dollars."

    The ROH programme aims to spruce up the heartland for Singaporeans. Woodlands is set to undergo the biggest changes as part of the scheme's third batch, which also includes Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris.

    The HDB listed six "star attractions" to be rolled out in the 1,198ha town. The first involves expanding the Woodlands Regional Centre.

    This comprises two parcels of land: retail hub Woodlands Central, a 30ha area around Woodlands MRT station and Causeway Point with a new town plaza; and Woodlands North Coast, a 70ha area between Republic Polytechnic and the Woodlands waterfront.

    The second parcel, Woodlands North Coast, is set to house a business park - the first such cluster in the northern region - with land set aside for small and medium-sized enterprises. The facelift for the waterfront also means new trails and a nature promenade for residents.

    "The Woodlands Regional Centre will be a new hub for businesses, especially those with Malaysian and Asean linkages. This will create many more opportunities and jobs for Singaporeans. It will make Woodlands an attractive place to live, work and play," said Mr Wong.

    Other attractions include a new 1.9km community link called WoodsVista Gallery connecting Woodlands Central to the waterfront and the upgrading of the existing Woodlands Town Garden.

    A healthcare complex - Woodlands Health Campus - will include a new acute care hospital, community hospital and nursing home. It will be opened in phases from 2022.

    Mr Wong called the HDB's makeover and a swathe of projects in the estate "major game changers". The projects include three new MRT stations in Woodlands by 2019 as part of the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line. The line will be connected to the future cross-border MRT system linking Woodlands to Johor.

    The new North-South Expressway, a 21.5km road linking Woodlands to the city, is also likely to be ready in 2026. Last month, the authorities announced a makeover for Woodlands Checkpoint as well.

    The HDB engaged 220 residents and community stakeholders in 2015 over seven focus group sessions, in developing these plans for Woodlands.

    A spokesman told The Straits Times that the various agencies will work closely with one another to assess if there is any potential environmental impact from the proposed developments and, where necessary, put in place mitigating measures.

    Detailed ROH plans for Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris will be announced on April 22 and April 29.


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