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Budget debate: Pandemic will change Singapore’s land-use plans and designs, says Indranee

The coronavirus pandemic will change Singapore’s land-use plans and designs, and has already raised questions on how much office and retail space is needed, in view of the shift towards e-commerce and telecommuting, said Second Minister for MND…

Budget debate: Limiting resale buyers, longer MOP among ideas to prevent lottery effect for future HDB flats in prime areas

Limiting the pool of resale buyers or imposing a longer MOP are some ideas being looked at for future public housing projects in prime locations, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. Another suggestion for a new housing…

Sustainability targets for built environment sector under newest Green Building Masterplan

Amid a nationwide push for sustainability, more ambitious targets to green the built environment sector have been set under the latest edition of the Singapore Green Building Masterplan (SGBMP). The fourth edition of the SGBMP comes as part…

HDB flat eligibility, housing grant assessments and home loan application to be streamlined

Homebuyers looking to buy HDB flats will soon have to fill up just one single application online, instead of undergoing several separate procedures, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. The service, which will be available on the…

Coming soon: Phone alerts on neighbours’ renovation works, chatbot that sends feedback and complaints to relevant govt agency

Residents will soon be able to get phone alerts on potential inconveniences such as upcoming renovation works by neighbours in their block so that, if necessary, they can find alternative spots to work or rest. This was among…

Single contractor to handle several municipal services in Tampines under new pilot

In a bid to deliver municipal services more efficiently, a single contractor will be appointed to handle such services in Tampines under a new pilot project. Services include the cleaning of public areas, enforcement against smoking or littering,…

NParks to develop Singapore’s longest cross-island trail and 3 new recreational routes

The first phase of Singapore’s longest cross-island trail, a 62km route stretching from Changi to Tuas, will be completed by 2025, said NParks on Thurs. Named the Coast-to-Coast (C2C) Southern Trail, it is one of four new recreational…

New scheme urges construction players to create ‘alliances’ for transformation

Under a scheme meant to spur transformation along value chains, players in the construction sector will have to band together to create minimum three-year plans for specific goals, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. Speaking in Parliament,…

New and existing buildings required to be more energy efficient under revised BCA standards

From the end of this year, all new buildings will face higher minimum energy performance requirements, said BCA on Thurs. New developments being submitted for planning approval from the fourth quarter will have to be 50 per cent…

Tree failure incidents down almost 90% over past 20 years but not possible to prevent completely: Desmond Lee

The number of incidents of tree failure — the structural deterioration or breakage of any part of a tree — has tumbled by almost nine-fold over the last two decades, from 3,100 in 2000 to 339 in 2020,…

More than 1,500 flats sold under HDB’s open booking scheme

More than 1,500 flats have been sold under the open booking scheme since its launch in June 2019, said Minister of State for MND Tan Kiat How on Tues. He was responding to a Parliamentary question by MP…

1,700 flats surrendered to HDB in the past 5 years: Sim Ann

About 1,700 flats were surrendered to HDB in the past five years, with most being short-lease flats, said Senior Minister of State for MND Sim Ann on Tues. She was responding to a Parliamentary question by MP Gan…

DC rates increase by 0.3% on average for non-landed residential and decrease 1.5% for commercial

MND has revised DC for the period of Mar 1 to Aug 31. For non-landed residential developments or redevelopments, DC rates have increased by an average of 0.3%. Sectors 97 and 98 witnessed the highest increase of 6.3%,…

Pilot project to outsource municipal services in Tampines to single third party contractor

Residents in Tampines will get major municipal services delivered cheaper, better, faster and smarter, under a new pilot project to outsource these services to a single third-party contractor. These services include the cleaning of common areas, pest control…

Meeting all the needs of the country within a small city

Singapore is both a city and a state, which means that all that it needs has to be located within the city, says MND Minister Desmond Lee. In explaining the unique challenges the nation faces in striking a…

S’pore’s many shades of green: How should green spaces outside of protected areas be valued?

When viewed from above, the lush, broccoli-like tree tops of the Kranji woodland give the impression of an ecosystem as rich as other tropical rainforest plots in Singapore. So when photographs of cleared parts of the woodland flanking…

Government adopts consultative, calibrated approach in balancing heritage preservation with development needs

MND reveals that URA closely works with NHB as well as expert panels and key stakeholders to integrate heritage considerations upstream in its land use planning process. With built heritage strengthening Singaporeans’ sense of identity and history, the…

Wild boar caught after attacking Punggol resident, NParks officer

A wild boar that has been spotted roaming around the Punggol area has been caught, but not before injuring a resident and a NParks officer who was trying to help her. Both of them have since been taken…

Nature advocates will be invited to take part in work studying ecological connectivity: Desmond Lee

Members of the nature community will be invited to take part in work to build a more comprehensive picture of Singapore’s islandwide ecosystem and connectivity, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Fri. This would contribute to efforts to…

Singapore could allow travellers to choose stay-home notice facility: MND

The Government is studying the possibility of letting inbound travellers pick their choice of stay-home accommodation, Minister of State for PMO and MND Tan Kiat How said in Parliament on Thurs. “We understand that travellers would like to…

Kranji woodland clearance: ‘Gaps’ in project management, directions for ‘immediate’ follow-up issued, says Chan Chun Sing

The Government has given directions for “immediate follow-up”, after parts of a Kranji woodland site were erroneously cleared, said MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing on Mon. “It is clear to us that there were gaps in the way…

Rethinking urban planning in the wake of Covid-19

Over the last two decades, the world has seen up to five pandemics. The advent of Covid-19, one of the biggest public health crises of all time, has also forced us to reconsider deeply held beliefs about good…

Singapore Green Plan 2030: 50% more land for nature parks, cut landfill waste by 30%, longer rail network

The government on Wed launched the Singapore Green Plan 2030 with a wide range of ambitious goals across five pillars to advance the national agenda on sustainable development. Among some of the 2030 goals under the Plan are…

Balancing stewardship of green spaces with land constraints

Singapore is committed to stewarding and protecting its green spaces, but the country’s physical constraints mean that some undeveloped sites will have to be tapped to meet land use needs. MND Minister Desmond Lee said this in Parliament…

30 to 70 hotels used as dedicated SHN facilities at any one time: Desmond Lee

At any one time, there are usually 30 to 70 hotels serving as designated facilities for people serving Stay-Home Notices (SHN), said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Tues. Flexible arrangements have been put in place, allowing for these…

HDB identifies two new repair methods for ceiling leaks

HDB has been exploring new technologies to improve on current repair methods for ceiling leaks, and has identified two new options, said Minister of State for MND Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim on Tues. The two new repair methods –…

13 towns identified for Remaking Our Heartland scheme since 2007

A total of 13 towns/estates have been identified for the ROH scheme since the programme was launched in 2007, said MND in Parliament on Mon. The towns are identified based on their potential and opportunities for rejuvenations, said…

HDB to extend public consultation on Dover forest by 4 weeks: Desmond Lee

HDB will extend the public consultation on the possible uses of the Dover forest site, which ended last month, by four weeks, said MND Minister Desmond Lee in Parliament on Mon. Referring to the forest as Ulu Pandan…

Government will ‘proceed with care’ when developing near areas of rich biodiversity: Desmond Lee

The Government aims to strike a balance between the conservation of green spaces, and the development of homes and amenities for the future needs of Singaporeans, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. In a FB post, Mr…

How digital tech can help Singapore tackle crises and build a better society

Singapore is an island city-state. We have no natural resources other than the creativity and industry of our people. In the face of these challenges, technology has been Singapore’s ally. Prior to the pandemic, we had already been…

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