Singapore’s Future Singapore’s Future: The URA Master Plan for 2025
The URA vision for 2025 in Singapore is transformative. Singapore’s future is bright thanks to its emphasis on heritage, sustainability and expansion. It is important to keep in mind that the URA along with the people of Singapore have helped shape this vision.
The urban landscape of Singapore is constantly changing and the Urban Redevelopment Authority is leading the way in this process. The URA has recently released the 2025 Draft Masterplan which outlines its vision for our Lion City.
Sentosa and Pulau Brani are also on the list, as mentioned by URA. Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) emphasizes the diversity of the nation’s green and blue landscapes from the coasts and forests to islands off the coast.
Additionally, there are plans to turn Sentosa and Pulau Brani into premier tourist destinations for leisure and tourism over the next few decades by leveraging their unique island appeal. The Southern Islands are also being looked at for sustainable tourism ideas, balancing attraction enhancement with conservation of the environment.
There is also a new residential development located in Bayshore which is part of the East Coast Renewal. The overall plan comprises the Long Island project, which will provide a barrier to rising sea levels, as well as more homes.
URA suggests “adding flexibility and mixed use workspaces to areas such as Jurong Lake District”. This may be realized through a “vertical zone” idea. Instead of having distinct areas of land, the usage is based upon building floors. Lower floors could be utilized for light industrial use, while middle floors are for offices, while the top floors can be reserved for residential usage.
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The most important considerations are to preserve its rich aviation heritage by repurposing some of the former structures of the airport and a portion of the runway into vibrant public spaces.
New developments are exciting, including flats located on the site of the former Keppel Club, benefiting from the Greater Southern Waterfront, and the renovation of the Turf Club in Kranji by March 2027. This will support the Woodlands regional hub.
The restrictions on MOP for 10 years are the government’s strategy to allow Singaporeans to enjoy the lifestyle benefits of central area properties and avoiding a cash windfall. The introduction of the Plus models, Prime and Standard indicates that there are some changes in process.
By 2027, a 682-metre span that spans a portion of PIE close to St. Andrews Village will be completed. This bridge will complete the Kallang Park Connector route, forming a 10-kilometre trail that runs from Bishan to the CBD in between 30 and 45 minutes on bicycle.
The authorities have also raised the possibility of leasing shorter commercial sites (15-30 years) in the event that industries change and Work From Home becomes more widespread.
URA’s goal is to improve accessibility and quality of these spaces by utilizing innovative design and planning. The goals include expanding the nature-based recreation network, expanding the green network by establishing multi-functional nature parks and corridors and promoting leisure activities on Singapore’s coasts reservoirs, waterways and beaches.
In addition, there’s an extension of public housing in the Simei estate and a new assisted-living concept for public housing that is launching in Kovan.
As coastal protection measures are in place, URA is exploring opportunities to incorporate recreational spaces, envisioning features like coastal parks, promenades and multi-purpose seawalls.
The plan is to relocate in 2030 The Paya Lebar Airbase will likely be replaced by 150,000 new houses. Marine Parade, Hougang and Punggol are currently undergoing reconstruction. The runway at the airport is to be preserved and utilized as a “green spine” or park-like connector between neighboring neighborhoods. The Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) goal is to turn the site into an unique airport and airbase.
The URA is focused on accessibility to housing and creating neighbourhoods that are supportive of families, ageing-in-place, and active living. It is possible to expect more BTO launches, which are in keeping with the Prime Location Housing model (PLH) that are located in central, mature areas such as Queenstown. These Prime launches will also have two-room flexi-flats as well as rental flats that will provide a better diversity of the population.
Additionally, the URA aims to foster healthy communities through the creation of parks and green spaces, ensuring residents have outdoor play and nature within their reach. The goal is to create a community that integrates seamlessly living, working and playing.