The plan for a new housing complex to be built in Singapore-Choa Chu Kang has been modified to accommodate at least 2ha of existing greenery, following environmental research and public feedback.
The 21.7ha site, which consists of approximately 15ha of forest, the Pansua Canal, which occupies approximately 5ha, and a large vehicle park, was not planned for green space in the 2019 Master Plan of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
In a report published last Wednesday (July 6th), the HDB stated that the greens to be maintained are along the existing Pansua Canal.
According to the HDB, healthy and mature tree clusters will also be maintained.
He added that the original placement of the Rail Corridor through the western part of Singapore would be maintained as much as possible.
After the land occupied by the Keretapi Tanah Melayu railway line was returned in 2011, the Pang Sua Woodland plot was identified as a land plot along the railway corridor suitable for development.
Between 2020 and 2022, HDB, with the support of the URA and the National Park Service, involved stakeholders such as nature and heritage groups in the planning of the site.
HDB also commissioned an environmental survey of the site in 2021.
The research report was published for feedback from April 5th to May 3rd. Forests say they can promote fauna dispersal among various green areas (nearby Mandai and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Mandai Mangrove and tidal flats). In the distance.
HDB said last Wednesday that it received 151 responses and that all feedback and suggestions submitted were reviewed.
The HDB said many supported protecting at least part of the forest, adding that respondents emphasized that the site was an ecological link between the surrounding areas.
The board said that those who want to develop new homes in the area want to strike a balance between development needs, greening and heritage considerations.
HDB responded to the proposal to develop alternative lots, stating that some are already planned for future development, including housing, while others have existing uses and cannot be developed in the short term. rice field.