Pasir Ris Carpark B and surroundings to make way for social housing
Singapore is a bustling small city-state that is constantly reinventing itself. Sometimes this includes clearing spaces for other purposes.
On August 19, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced plans to redevelop a Pasir Ris Park parking lot for social housing.
The car park is part of a plot of 2.9 ha allocated to housing. Another 1.7 ha plot next to it will also be redeveloped for the same purpose, it said. Straits Time (ST).
These plans were published in an approved amendment to its 2019 master plan August 19
The Pasir Ris Park car park is located on a plot of 2.9 ha
The Pasir Park Carpark B along Pasir Ris Drive 3 contains about 20 lots for cars and 10 for motorcycles.
It sits in the 2.9ha plot – about the size of four football pitches – carved out for social housing.
The car park itself occupies approximately one third of the plot while the other areas are currently wooded.
In addition to the 2.9 ha plot being redeveloped for housing, there is a 1.7 ha plot which is not within the park.
According STit is also a wooded area apart from areas that have been cleared for housing construction works as well as transport infrastructure.
The gross area of 2.9 ha is shown in red while that of 1.7 ha is shown in yellow below.
The 1.7 ha plot can yield between 340 and 380 homes, while 580 to 640 homes can be built on the 2.9 ha plot.
In 2017, the two plots of land were identified for social housing under the Redesigning Our Heartland for the city program.
The program aimed to renew certain residential areas by improving parks and introducing more housing.
Just 1 km from these two plots, another 18 ha forested area along Pasir Ris Drive 3 is also allocated for residential use.
Nature groups consulted
Talk to STThe President of the Nature Society (Singapore), Dr Shawn Lum, said the Housing Development Board (HDB) had consulted conservation groups about these development plans in April 2019.
These plans include the two plots of land as well as another plot of land where the Costa Grove Build-To-Order (BTO) project is currently under construction.
From these discussions, several adjustments were made to reduce the impact of the development on green spaces.
Previously, the 2.9 ha plot was approximately 3.7 ha and occupied a larger wooded area.
The size of the plot has now been reduced and parking B Pasir Ris Park has been added to it.
As well as limiting damage, Dr Lum said they are finding ways to maximize biodiversity in new housing estates.
The 2.9 ha and 1.7 ha plots contain younger forests with plant species that have adapted to disturbed sites. Both areas have the potential to become rich in biodiversity.
Currently, the green spaces in the area are quite fragmented and the authorities have identified a potential natural corridor.
This series of connected wildlife habitats connects Paya Lebar Air Base and Pulau Ubin via Pasir Ris Park.
For this to happen, landowners and land managers, including schools and property developers, must set aside spaces for natural habitats on their premises.
In this way, these spaces can be connected by weaving nature through the developments.
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