In future: Office in your backyard

In future: Office in your backyard
An artist's impression of the aerial view of the Holland Village extension, which was unveiled as part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Draft Master Plan 2013.

SINGAPORE - Jobs will get closer to home, as the Government continues to push the development of regional nodes outside the city in its latest urban masterplan.

This will help reduce congestion in the central commercial areas, said property consultants. And, with workplaces being closer to home, travel times and distances will also be reduced.

Future residential developments in Holland Village, Marina South and Tampines North, which were spelt out in the Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA's) Draft Master Plan 2013 yesterday, also showed how homes will be situated close to these commercial nodes, the experts said.

In its plan to guide Singapore's land use in the next 10 to 15 years, URA said that regional commercial hubs like Jurong Lake District, Tampines Regional Centre, Paya Lebar Central and one-north will be further developed.

URA said that office, retail and entertainment amenities will be expanded in these areas, increasing what it calls "live-work-play" options for residents.

Over in the north, there will be over 100ha of land available for expansion in Woodlands Regional Centre, which will be developed in the next 10 to 15 years to create a vibrant live-work-play environment.

When fully developed, the regional centre will provide around 100,000 new jobs, URA said.

The growth of industrial hubs and business parks, such as in Jurong West and Seletar, will also create new jobs for residents.

Mr William Lau, president of the Singapore Institute of Planners, said that in every part of the world, cities are the most "desired epicentre", and it is always a challenge to woo people to regional areas.

By decentralising commercial activities, the Government is trying to "pull the 'energy' out of the city and relieve congestion", Mr Lau said.

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