The upcoming residential estate that is being built in Sengkang is expected to include as many as 10,000 homes

According to proposed plans for a housing estate close to the Tampines expressway (TPE) Singapore may construct 10,000 homes on a vast parcel of land in Fernvale North, Sengkang.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is working on an 18.9ha site bounded by Jalan Kayu, Fernvale Street and the TPE and the soon-to-be Sengkang West Drive for housing.

Proposed amendments to the URA master plan, which was released on April 29 reveal that the site, which property analysts say could house a mix of private and public projects, will be home to parks, a house of worship, and a health and medical facility.

URA said that the project will meet the demand for housing in the region and provide residents with “commercial social, recreational and community amenities, improved access to parks, as well as better roads connectivity”.

The site is about the size of 35 football fields – is located near the Seletar Aerospace park and an industrial area in Seletar West that will be developed.

Two LRT stations are located nearby, Thanggam and Kupang. Also, Sengkang Riverside Park is within walking distance.

The proposed amendments will allow for adjusting the plot ratio for land parcels from 3.9 to 4.2. The plot ratio determines the intensity of development permitted for a piece of land.

Analysts at the property market estimate that the site could yield between 8,000 and 12,000 units.

Ms Christine Sun is the chief researcher and strategist for OrangeTee Group. She said that a mixture of Build-To Order (BTO) condos, and executive condos can be constructed.

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She added that there may be a demand that is not being met for BTO apartments in Sengkang, as the last time a project was launched in the city was in 2019.

“Some residents have been in the area for between 10 and 20 years, and are looking to upgrade to private housing. Some parents may also want to move downgrade and be near their children who are living in these zones,” she added, noting that the huge parcel of land could be able to meet this demand.

ERA Singapore key executive officer Eugene Lim said the site’s location is “strategically sited” to support the workforce for the close Punggol Digital District and Seletar Aerospace Park.

He pointed out that there is an neglected industrial zone is located in Seletar West Road, located about 2km away from the Fernvale Site.

“The location could attract people in order to facilitate the growth of the commercial and industrial area in the immediate vicinity,” he said.

The Seletar Link Flyover, near the Fernvale plot, went live in January. It links Seletar Link and TPE to meet the anticipated increase in traffic caused by the recent developments happening in Punggol.

The new Sengkang West Drive, when completed, will provide motorists with an additional road link in Sengkang.

Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Gan Thiam Poh, who supervises the Fernvale area of Sengkang, said the large residential plot can help to satisfy the need for housing in the area.

“I have been receiving inquiries from Sengkang residents. Some of them have told me they are getting married and wanted to be near their parents, and others mentioned they would like to move to a bigger home as their children are growing up,” he said.

“I’ve talked to the appropriate authorities regarding the requests, and I’m happy that this plot is developing.”

The two LRT stations that are located nearby will allow future residents of Sengkang to gain access to additional amenities.

The site is the former Greenridge secondary school in Bukit Panjang, homes are able to be built.

The school, which had been located at the Bukit Panjang Ring Road site since 1992, merged with Fajar Secondary School in 2023 and relocated to the latter’s site on Gangsa Road.

URA suggested to change the zoning of the 33,195 sq. meters. area from an educational establishment in order to create a residential area. This would help with housing needs in the region and to give more residents easy access to services and transportation.

Ms Sun stated that the plot would yield approximately 700 apartments or 1000 private homes. She added that it is more likely to be a BTO project because of the shortage of new apartments within the estate.

The last BTO project launched in Bukit Panjang was Petir Park Edge in December 2023. The project comprised two-room flexi flats for 143 and 191 four-room units. The last time a BTO project was launched prior to the project was in 2016.

Mr Lim stated that 550-650 units of flats with four and five rooms are possible to be built on the site, since the estate has not yet unveiled larger units.

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