Skip Navigation Links

Back
04 May 2019
URA
Suggestion View - 11
Do more to improve socialisation among races

The recent Institute of Policy Studies report threw up some figures which are quite worrying for race relations (15% of respondents find Muslims threatening, March 29). It is worth noting in the report that such a perspective is more prevalent among dwellers in private estates than those who live in Housing Board flats. Why is it the case? Is it because there is a greater tendency for people of a certain race to congregat......



View full post

20 Apr 2019
URA
Suggestion View - 10
Develop Jurong Lake District into wellness precinct

I suggest the authorities study the feasibility of implementing a concept of wellness at the Jurong Lake District as a unique offering to locals and tourists (a href="https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/jurong-lake-district-to-host-new-tourism-hub-......



View full post

01 Apr 2019
URA
Feedback View - 10
CBD needs more than just injection of homes, hotels

Perhaps if our urban planners had taken regular strolls along Shenton Way over the past decade, they might be more careful with making a correlation between the injection of homes and hotels in the precinct and an increased vibrancy of the area (a href="https://www.strait......



View full post

13 Dec 2018
URA
Suggestion View - 0
Tweak balcony area bonus scheme for more living space

The new guidelines by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on the maximum number of units allowed in private flats and condominiums will effectively reduce the number of units in a development. However, this may not rein in the proliferation of shoebox units (URA cuts number of units allowed to be built in condos, private flats; Oct 18). Smart developers know how to design the maximum number of shoebox units allowed and sell them at higher prices to compensate fo......



View full post

02 Nov 2018
URA
Suggestion View - 0
Clear approach to building conservation needed

It is surprising that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is stepping in again to consider the conservation of heritage buildings in Singapore (Golden Mile Complex launches en bloc tender while under conservation study; Oct 30). Last year, URA announced that the defunct bottling factory that formerly produced soft drinks like Kickapoo Joy Juice and Sinalco would be conserved partially. It was a move welcomed by heritage lovers. While the urge by such activists t......



View full post

24 Oct 2018
URA
Suggestion View - 5
Curbing number of shoebox units a good move

I support the new moves to scale back the number of smaller dwelling units in future developments (New guidelines may price some buyers out of market: Redas; Oct 19). Many buyers of such units hope to lease their units out. This often leads to them applying pressure on management councils on matters relating to easy access and maximum flexibility for their tenants (or sub-tenants) and on issues pertaining to short-term stays. The authorities should also take lessons......



View full post

23 Oct 2018
URA
Suggestion View - 3
Good move to curb growth in small flats

The Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (Redas) asserted that developers are building fewer smaller flats as the demand for these has reduced over the years (Affordability for home buyers may be affected as developers have to build bigger units: Redas; Oct 18). Yet, a recent property launch along Grange Road comprising only small units of less than 65 sq m sold like hot cakes. So when Redas says that developers build based on market demand, which segmen......



View full post

23 Oct 2018
URA
Suggestion View - 0
Hope for more liveable, affordable homes

I find the comments from the Real Estate Developers' Association of Singapore (Redas) interesting (New guidelines may price some buyers out of market: Redas; Oct 19). I believe the whole idea of setting the minimum average size of condominium apartments is to curb rising property prices and the miniaturisation of homes. The rapid rise in property prices is mainly due to the fact that developers bid aggressively on big and old projects. With the sky-high prices based on a per squar......



View full post

15 Oct 2018
URA
Suggestion View - 3
Consider scrapping pre-sales of new developments

It was reported that Guangdong's provincial housing authority is considering putting an end to the practice of selling flats before they are finished to curb property speculations and excessive borrowings (China developers' funding source at risk in pre-sales crackdown; Sept 25). I hope that the local authorities here will consider imposing similar restrictions on all future Government Land Sales sites and require developers to market their respective projects only upon their comp......



View full post