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Monday, Jul 7, 2014

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MND to review criteria for Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

The Straits Times | Rachel Au-Yong | Monday, Jul 7, 2014

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of National Development will review the criteria used to select flats for the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP), said minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament on Monday.


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Oral Answer by Ministry of National Development on Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

Mr Zainal Sapari: To ask the Minister for National Development whether the Ministry will consider revising the criteria for Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) to allow blocks built after 1989 to be eligible for NRP.

Answer:

1. The Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) was introduced in 2007 to enhance selected HDB precincts at the block and neighbourhood level, for the benefits of the residents. These include physical improvements such as drop-off porches and communal facilities like precinct pavilions. As older towns have greater needs for such upgrading, we give priority to those built before Dec 1989. Those which have already undergone the Main Upgrading Programme (MUP), Interim Upgrading Programme (IUP) or IUP Plus, are also excluded from the NRP.

2. Based on this original set of criteria, 187,000 flats are eligible for NRP. Of these, 100 NRP projects have been selected so far. When completed, these projects will benefit residents in 140,000 flats, or 75 per cent of the eligible flats.

3 Our residents have responded to NRP positively. Many participated actively in the consultation process, giving useful ideas and suggestions on the improvements that can be made to their neighbourhood through NRP. We are very encouraged by their strong support.

4. Now that we have crossed the three-quarter mark, it is timely to review the original set of selection criteria. We understand that residents in blocks built just after 1989 may feel that their blocks are also ageing, but they have just missed out on NRP, and they wish that NRP can also be extended to them.

5 We will review the selection criteria and see how the NRP can be extended to blocks built in the early 1990s. If and when we do make such an extension, we will give priority to towns which have not benefitted from MUP or IUP, like those in the Member's constituency.

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