WE THANK Ms Catherine Soh for her letter ("Plan for malls, food centres in estates"; Sunday).
For the residents' daily convenience, commercial and other facilities in HDB towns are planned comprehensively from the onset and developed progressively as towns grow.
In Pasir Ris, there are two shopping centres - White Sands and Downtown East. When the ongoing redevelopment of Downtown East is completed, it will offer residents an even wider variety of shopping and dining options.
The town also has four neighbourhood centres - Loyang Point, Elias Mall, Pasir Ris West Plaza and the Neighbourhood 4 Neighbourhood Centre - that bring facilities even closer to residents.
Over the next few years, there will be more food options with a new hawker centre at the Pasir Ris Town Park next to the sports complex. A new commercial development is also being planned within the Pasir Ris Town Centre.
Similarly, for Tampines North, residents can look forward to a new commercial hub integrated with the bus interchange. There will also be two major parks and other facilities like shops, supermarkets, eating houses and community facilities such as childcare centres.
Over at Punggol Town Centre, a new shopping centre, Waterway Point, is under construction and we are planning for a new community hub that will be integrated with a hawker centre.
Sengkang will also see new commercial facilities with the upcoming Seletar Mall next to Fernvale LRT station.
We will continue to work together to ensure that our towns have well-placed, comprehensive amenities to provide a good-quality living environment for our residents.
Chong Fook Loong
Director (Urban Design Department 1)
Housing & Development Board
Director (Physical Planning,
Urban Redevelopment Authority
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