Developing greener, more eco-friendly and sustainable towns

A new Housing Board town the size of Bishan will be built in the west, with green features to suit its forested setting. These include Singapore’s first car-free town centre and a 5km “forest corridor” with hiking trails.

The first new town to be developed since Punggol two decades ago, Tengah’s development will be in line with the Government’s push to be green and sustainable. Upcoming executive condo launches include Yio Chu Kang EC, Inz Residence EC, Anchorvale Lane EC,  while existing ones include The Terrace EC, Brownstone EC, The Vales EC, Parc Life EC , Sol Acres EC, The Visionaire, Bellewoods EC, Signature at Yishun, The Criterion EC and Northwave EC.

A forest fringe will run around the 700ha town. And a 100m-wide, 5km-long forest corridor will link Tengah to the surrounding green network between the western and central catchment areas.

“As we build this new town, we will integrate the developments with the surrounding ecosystem, and we will retain much of the existing natural landscape, so residents in Tengah will be able to experience the feeling of being at home with nature,” said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong last night in announcing the Tengah master- plan at the HDB Awards dinner.

Located between Jurong East to the south, Choa Chu Kang to the north and Bukit Batok to the east, the Tengah area today is largely forest and scrubland.

But it will eventually contain 42,000 new homes: 30,000 units of public housing and 12,000 of private housing. The first public flats there will be launched in 2018.

Greenery will be woven through the town, from a large central park to “community farmways” that run through housing estates with gardens, play areas and farms.

As part of Singapore’s car-lite efforts, all roads there will get dedicated walking and cycling paths. A car- free town centre will be set in parkland with traffic running beneath.

Said HDB chief executive Cheong Koon Hean: “Tengah marks a step for us to develop towns that are greener, more eco-friendly and sustainable, and with a smart element.”

One consideration for future residents is that the town is close to the existing Tengah military airbase.

Responding to queries, HDB said Tengah will comply with planning guidelines “which also take into consideration possible surrounding noise sources and the permissible noise level”. Blocks will generally go up to 14 to 15 storeys in height.

Tengah is just one part of the west’s transformation. Upcoming Jurong Lake District, touted as the second Central Business District, lies to the south of Tengah. The town’s western industrial area is also part of the Jurong Innovation District.

Tengah plans will be exhibited at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh from today until Sept 25, from 9am to 8pm. Members of the public are invited to visit and give their feedback.