Singapore’s Land Use Plan To Accommodate Growing Population Until 2030
The Singapore government released its land use plan that aims to ensure the high-quality living environment of Singaporeans over the next two decades and beyond.
The plan was created in line with the government’s projection that Singapore will reach a population of between 6.5 to 6.9 million by 2030, as revealed by the White Paper Report. The land use proposal is a strategy by the government to achieve a sustainable population.
The government will use strategies to accommodate the projected population, such as reclamation of additional land, development of reserve land and recycle land. These strategies seek to sustain the needs of Singaporeans in the future.
The Ministry of National Development (MND) said that by 2030, more than half of Singapore, or about 60 percent will be allocated for housing developments, including industry, commerce and green spaces for Singaporeans.
At present, Singapore has a total of 71,400 hectares. A total of 52 percent of the land is currently allotted for housing and industry facilities.
The government’s plan will include adding land from reclamation and freeing some reserve land to meet the targets. Some golf courses and military training grounds will also make way for redevelopment.
In the plan, a military training area in Tengah will be transformed into a new town that will accommodate about 55,000 houses.
Golf courses in Singapore cover about 1,500 hectares of land. The Ministry mentioned that some of the golf courses would have to be phased out for the land to be put to other uses.
On the other hand, reclamation will be done at Tekong, an offshore island located on the north-eastern part of Singapore. This ambitious land use plan, according to the Ministry needs good-term planning and there must be good infrastructure that must be built ahead of demand.
The Ministry addressed the concerns of many Singaporeans on the probable consequences of Singapore becoming a high-density state in the future. The government reiterated that the plan use plan will not sacrifice the quality of living in the country. Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said that Singapore will remain highly liveable and that the government will adhere to its goals in giving the best life for its citizens.