New development in Sengkang could have 10,000 homes

SINGAPORE – About 10,000 new homes could be built on a large tract of land in Fernvale North in Sengkang, under proposed plans for a new housing estate next to the Tampines Expressway (TPE).

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is preparing an 18.9-hectare site bounded by Jalan Kayu, Fernvale Street, TPE and the upcoming Sengkang West Drive for housing.

Proposed amendments to the URA masterplan released on April 29 show the site, which property analysts say could host a mix of public and private projects, will have parks, a place of worship and a health and medical centre.

URA said the proposed development will support housing demand in the area and provide current and future residents with “commercial and recreational amenities, as well as social and community facilities, increased park accessibility and improved road connectivity”.

The site, about the size of 35 football fields, is located near the Seletar Aerospace Park and an industrial zone in Seletar West that will be developed.

Nearby amenities include two LRT stations, Thanggam and Kupang, as well as Sengkang Riverside Park.

The proposed amendments include adjusting the ratio of land parcels from 3.9 to 4.2. The plot ratio determines the intensity of development permitted for a piece of land.

Real estate analysts estimate the site could produce between 8,000 and 12,000 units.

Christine Sun, chief researcher and strategist at property firm OrangeTee Group, said a mix of flats, condominiums and build-to-order (BTO) executive condos could be built on the site.

He said there could be pent-up demand for BTO flats in Sengkang, as the last public housing project launched there was in 2019.

“Some residents have lived there for around 10 or 20 years and may wish to move into private housing. Some parents may also want to downgrade and live near their children who already live in these areas,” she added, noting that the large parcel of land could meet that demand.

Eugene Lim, key executive director of ERA Singapore, said the site’s location is “strategically positioned” to support the workforce of the nearby Punggol Digital District and Seletar Aerospace Park.

He noted that an undeveloped industrial enclave on Seletar West Road is situated about 2 kilometers from the Fernvale site.

“The site could attract population to support the future development of the industrial and commercial enclave in the surrounding area,” he said.