Coming soon: New live-work-play environment in Woodlands
At the launch of the Woodlands Regional Centre on Sunday, Mr Khaw Boon Wan said that the centre is envisioned to be a live-work-play environment. -AsiaOne
SINGAPORE - Woodlands Regional Centre is set to become as a live-work-play environment that will serve as the key commercial cluster in the North Region according to plans drawn up by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
The centre offers approximately 100 ha of available land for development, and because of its unique location it offers the chance to create a waterfront destination and lifestyle hub.
The Woodlands North Coast, which includes the area between Republic Polytechnic and the Woodlands Waterfront, will become a unique waterfront and leisure destination for Singaporeans.
It will offer a mix of business, residential and lifestyle uses.
Woodlands Central, is the area around the Woodlands MRT station, is expected to become a pedestrian-friendly regional retail hub serving residents in the North Region.
It will offer residents a pedestrian mall that serves as a key focal point for leisure and community events.
The plans include low-rise commercial developments with bustling activity-generating uses on the first storey to create a vibrant street experience.
In his address during the launch of the centre, Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan said that Woodlands is in line to become Singapore's new North Coast Innovation Corrdior together with Sembawang, Punggol and the future Seletar Regional Centre.
Woodlands Regional Centre will also become more accessible in the near future with two new MRT stations being added in the area once the Thomson Line is completed. These stations do not include the existing North South MRT line.
The following is Mr Khaw Boon Wan's speech in full, followed by the press release from URA:
In Singapore, land use is governed by the Master Plan.
The current Master Plan has been in place since 2008 and is due for an update. Later this year, a draft of Master Plan 2013 will be exhibited for public viewing and comments, after which it will be finalised sometime next year. Regionalisation Strategy
One underlying principle behind many of our master plans is to spread out our population and bring jobs closer to homes. This will save travelling time and make it convenient for Singaporeans.
This is not a new strategy. It first started with Tampines in 1992.
Tampines Regional Centre is now very well developed, benefiting the residents living there. BTOs in Tampines are always over-subscribed.
After Tampines, it was Jurong Regional Centre. We launched the Jurong Lake District Master Plan in 2008 and it will take us 15 years to fully develop the area. I am confident that it will bring immense benefits to residents living in the West. Jurong will in due course be as popular as Tampines.
Today, we launch the third regional centre in the North, the Woodlands Regional Centre. The plans are exciting and are shown in the exhibition. This regional centre will take full advantage of the unique features of Woodlands: open green and waterfront areas, Admiralty Park, and proximity to JB. It will be the northern gateway to Singapore.
When fully developed, there will be two distinct precincts in the Woodlands Regional Centre. For now, one is called the Woodlands North Coast and includes the area between Republic Polytechnic and the Woodlands Waterfront. It will be a waterfront destination with a vibrant mix of business, residential and lifestyle uses.
The other precinct, Woodlands Central, is around the Woodlands MRT station. It is planned as a commercial centre for residents to shop, eat, relax, and come together for community events. There will be retail malls that are inter-connected with our MRT stations and bus interchange.
There will be seamless pedestrian connections between these two precincts.
With 100ha of land available for development, the Woodlands Regional Centre will build on the Causeway Point. But will be many times bigger and more exciting. The North-South MRT line will soon be supplemented by Thomson Line and NS Expressway. Connectivity to the city and other parts of Singapore will expand manifold. Also, the Rapid Transit Link with JB opens up another platform of cross-border connection, in addition to the Causeway.
The Woodlands Regional Centre, like the predecessors in Tampines and Jurong, will take 15 - 20 years to fully develop. But over the next few years, we will begin to see some physical developments on the ground.
Woodlands will be a key part of the new North Coast Innovation Corridor. This Corridor spans Woodlands, Sembawang, the future Seletar Regional Centre-all the way to Punggol.
Apart from the panels displayed here, URA has also launched a website for the public to find out more and share your views and aspirations for these new possibilities in the North (www.ura.gov.sg/woodlands). Please also share with us your suggestions on the names of the two precincts.
With your feedback and consultation with stakeholders, the plans for Woodlands Regional Centre will be fine-tuned and subsequently exhibited with the draft Master Plan later this year.
I believe this development will be good for our residents in Woodlands and Sembawang and Yishun. We intend the north to be a good place to live, work and play and are confident that the future will be even better than today.
Next: Statment from URA
The preliminary plans for Woodlands Regional Centre were unveiled today by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan. Woodlands Regional Centre - Your Vision for the North
The Woodlands Regional Centre is part of the new North Coast Innovation Corridor that was announced in the Land Use Plan last month.
Stretching from the north coast fronting the Straits of Johor into Woodlands Central, it will anchor the development of the North Coast Innovation Corridor.
Woodlands Regional Centre is envisioned as a vibrant live-work-play environment that will serve as the key commercial cluster in the North Region. By providing alternative locations for businesses outside the city centre, the Woodlands Regional Centre will bring jobs and amenities closer to homes. It will also be connected to the new Thomson MRT Line that will be opened in stages from 2019 to 2021.
Now that the stations, location and alignment of the new Thomson MRT Line have been finalised, Woodlands Regional Centre is expected to be further developed in the next few years, particularly the land around Woodlands MRT interchange station.
Two Distinct Precincts - Woodlands North Coast and Woodlands Central The Woodlands Regional Centre offers approximately 100 ha of available land for development, and is a great opportunity to capitalise on its unique location and assets to create a waterfront destination and lifestyle hub. There will be two distinct precincts within the Woodlands Regional Centre:
The Woodlands North Coast, which includes the area between Republic Polytechnic and the Woodlands Waterfront. The Woodlands North Coast is envisioned as a unique waterfront and leisure destination for Singaporeans. The intention is to create a mix of business, residential and lifestyle uses, all within a lush green and waterfront environment.
The other precinct, Woodlands Central, is the area around the Woodlands MRT station. It is envisaged as a pedestrian-friendly regional retail hub serving residents in the North Region. Residents can look forward to a bustling pedestrian mall that serves as a key focal point for leisure and community events. It will be flanked by low-rise commercial developments with bustling activity-generating uses on the first storey to create a vibrant street experience.
Enhanced accessibility to the city centre
Woodlands Regional Centre will also become more accessible in the near future. Besides the existing North South MRT line, two new MRT stations will be added in the area when the Thomson Line is completed.
The future North South Expressway will connect Woodlands, Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Toa Payoh with the city centre. And the planned future rail link to Johor will also enhance our connectivity to Malaysia.
New website to gather more feedback
URA has launched a website (www.ura.gov.sg/woodlands) for the public to find out more and share their views on the preliminary concept of the Woodlands Regional Centre. The public may also visit the Woodlands Galaxy Community Club (near Admiralty MRT station) to view the plans from 25 February to 10 March 2013.
Residents are also encouraged to suggest names for the two new precincts within the Woodlands Regional Centre.
After taking onboard Singaporeans' suggestions and feedback, plans for the Woodlands Regional Centre will be fine-tuned and subsequently exhibited as part of the URA's Draft Master Plan exhibition to be held later this year. Members of the public will subsequently be invited to share their views on the proposed plans.
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