Curb sale of land for private housing

Curb sale of land for private housing

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of private housing developments all over Singapore.

And as land becomes more scarce, we start to see housing developments on very small plots of land, as well as the clearing of forests and pockets of greenery to build more swanky condominiums.

It is many residents' concern that with no added amenities, when these housing developments are fully occupied, the crowds at MRT stations and existing amenities will get worse.

Many who buy private housing are investors.

But Singapore is too small a place to grant every upper- and upper-middle-class Singaporean a chance to invest in property, at least not at the expense of losing our precious greenery, heritage and personal space.

I urge the Government to limit the sale of land parcels for private housing developments, to allow for sufficient green lungs in a densely populated concrete city and to preserve areas of heritage value.

Also, more land parcels should be reserved for HDB flats, to fulfil basic housing needs.

Government measures have worked to cool the private residential property market, resulting in many unsold units in some developments. Developers have also delayed the launch of projects.

This is a waste of resources, especially land that could have been reserved for other more pressing needs.

Letter by Edwin Lim

This article was first published on June 10, 2014.
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