Govt announces land use plan to sustain 6.9m population

By Romesh Navaratnarajah: The Ministry of National Development (MND) today released a Land Use Plan Paper that aims to ensure Singaporeans enjoy a high-quality living environment over the next two decades and beyond.

The detailed report comes just days after the government's Population White Paper projected that Singapore could have a population of between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030.

To support this ambitious plan, the government will look to reclaim additional land, develop some reserve land, ramp up new developments and recycle land such as old industrial estates and some golf courses to achieve higher land productivity.

By 2030, more than half of Singapore (58 percent) will be allocated for housing as well as other requirements, including industry and commerce and green spaces.

Specifically, 13,000 ha or 17 percent of land will be set aside for the housing needs of Singaporeans.

Beyond 2030, more land will be reclaimed to support the larger population. Singaporeans can also look forward to the development of new growth corridors in the north (from Woodlands to Punggol) and in the south (from Tanjong Pagar to Pasir Panjang Terminal).

Meanwhile, the government will also look at using technology and implement solutions to further optimise land use. Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories email romesh@allproperty.com.sg Related Stories: 700,000 new homes by 2030: Govt White Paper

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