School design tweaked after residents' objections

School design tweaked after residents' objections
Brandon Foo, seven, looking from a deck at the back of his home at what used to be forested area, until it was cleared last month.

SINGAPORE - A group of residents in Pasir Ris have lost a long-running battle to stop the Government from giving approval for a new international school close to their homes.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) informed the residents recently that the Overseas Family School (OFS) will proceed, but with a design addressing some concerns they had raised.

Some residents were concerned that the school's 12-storey buildings would loom over their homes, while others were keen to preserve a forested area.

Some were also worried that transport for its 4,800 pupils would affect traffic flow.

The $261 million campus on the 4ha plot is at the corner of Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Elias Road.

Until last month, when it was cleared, the plot boasted woodland that some residents had fought to save. They aired their concerns with the authorities.

Last weekend, about 300 residents of the Pasir Ris Heights area got a URA letter showing the campus layout and detailing measures to assuage some concerns.

These include a new road off Pasir Ris Drive 3 and opposite Pasir Ris Drive 10, providing more planting at the site's edges than the standard 2m requirement, and putting the car and bus parks beneath the school field.

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