Reclaimed ‘Long Island’ off East Coast could be about twice the size of Marina Bay: Desmond Lee
Close to 800ha across three tracts of land might possibly be recovered off East Coast Park in future years, presenting location for new homes and facilities. Called “Long Island”, the land would be about twice the dimension of Marina Bay, states Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development and Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration.
The suggested Long Island will incorporate coastal safety procedures with future reclamation programs for the area, in view of the long-term impact of climate difference which includes increasing water level. “Mean sea levels across Singapore are predicted to increase by up to 1m by the end of this century. When high tides accompany thunderstorm rises, water level might rise by up to 4 to 5m above mean sea level. This is a really significant concern, due to the fact that about one-third of our island is below 5m over mean sea level, and at risk of being inundated by the sea,” Minister Lee details.
In any case, the future projects on Long Island will likely help existing private projects along the East Coast, the majority of which are freehold, Huttons’ Lee reasons. “It might also boost the capacity for en-bloc in the future.”
” It is very likely that the allocation for common housing will be more than private housing on Long Island,” Huttons’ Lee says, adding that the HDB flats will very likely be introduced either under the Prime or Plus model.
Technical studies will be accomplished to evaluate the usefulness of the project, with the research studies anticipated to take around 5 years. At the same time, residents and stakeholders will be involved to supply feedback and concepts on the plan. Given the range of the development, complete planning and utilization of Long Island “is going to take decades”, Minister Lee claims.
Lee Sze Teck, top director of information analytics at Huttons Asia, determines that at 800ha, Long Island would certainly be similar in size to the Kallang-Whampoa estate and can possibly house in between 30,000 and 60,000 all new homes with an excellent mix of commercial, leisure and eco-friendly aspects.
The principle of Long Island would certainly “project coastal projection seawards”, permitting the occurring East Coast Park to be retained largely in its current state, Minister Lee claims. It is going to also develop a covered waterbody, which will turn into a freshwater basin with time, adding to Singapore’s water system while even being a space the general public can make use of for water activities.
He proceeds: “The possibilities of developing a 2nd Sentosa are low as the government wants to create an inclusive society enabling everyone availability to good residences and not just for the wealthy.” He additionally checks out that the program will certainly prompt further investment into transport connection, with the potential for an MRT or LRT expansion to expand from the Thomson-East Coast Line to Long Island.
Speaking at a residency enhancement activity at East Coast Park hung on Nov 28, Minister Lee mentions that the property would certainly develop prospects for years to come ages of Singapore. “They can construct homes, create employments, build support services and amenities that they require, and include around 20 kilometres of brand new seaside and reservoir parks, stretching from the present East Coast Park,” he includes.