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Ensuring quality home and living environment

Ensuring quality home and living environment

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Other than almost 10,000 new dwelling units to be built at Woodlands Central and Woodlands North Coast, the 1,198 ha estate will have new amenities such as a regional business centre, more cycling and pedestrian pathways as well as a healthcare complex, among others.

This will turn Woodlands into a more popular neighbourhood in the future, property experts and residents told The New Paper. This will benefit residents of near by executive condo such as those of Northwave EC and Parc Life  EC. Upcoming executive condo launches include Hundred Palms Residences EC, 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 EC, The Visionaire, Bellewoods EC, Signature EC  at Yishun, The Criterion EC and Northwave EC . Hundred Palms Residences details and Hundred Palms EC show flat will be available shortly.

The redevelopment plans were announced by Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong at the launch of the ROH exhibition for Woodlands yesterday. A budget has yet to be finalised.

Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris will also undergo changes - although Woodlands will get the most comprehensive makeover - as part of the third batch of the ROH programme, which was first announced in 2007.

The new Woodlands Central homes will be located near Woodlands MRT station and there will be commercial facilities as well.
The authorities have yet to decide if these will be public or private units.

Meanwhile, the Woodlands North Coast public housing development will provide a "housing-in-the-woods" experience by leveraging on the area's natural hilly terrain.

Residents can enjoy good views of Admiralty Park and the Straits of Johor.

Mr Ku Swee Yong, chief executive of International Property Advisor, told TNP that the healthcare amenities are the most important improvements, particularly with the nation's ageing population.

He also said that it would take pressure off Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, the only public hospital in northern Singapore, which he described as "already bursting at its seams".

Mr Nicholas Mak, head of research at SLP International Property Consultants, said the revamp will transform Woodlands from a basic estate to one packed with lifestyle and recreational amenities.

But he did not expect prices of Woodlands flats to rise in the near future.

"These amenities will take time to build. Plus, there's still the distance from Woodlands to the city," he said.

"It also depends on whether the Government is able to change the image of Woodlands - like how they did for Punggol."

Woodlands resident Basith Ali Sulaiman, 47, a freelance bicycle repairman, welcomed the news of the redevelopment plans.

"It's about time for Woodlands, a mature estate, to get new features. I'm very excited to having more recreational features and a more enjoyable estate to live in," he said.

"I've been living in Woodlands since 2010, and I enjoy living here. And now, I won't want to move."


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