URA introduces cap on medical clinics in commercial developments

URA introduces cap on medical clinics in commercial developments

SINGAPORE - In a circular dated Tuesday (Dec 23), the URA said that the cap is to prevent a single commercial building from having too many medical clinics on its premises.

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Here is URA's circular in full:

New Guidelines on Change of Use of Commercial Spaces to Medical Clinics

URA has received an increasing number of planning applications for new private medical centres within commercial developments. While medical clinic is an allowable use within commercial buildings, a sizeable number of them in a single commercial building1 would result in the development becoming a de-facto medical centre.

Medical centres should be located on sites zoned for Health & Medical Care (H&MC) use.

There is therefore a need to cap the allowable quantum of medical clinics within commercial developments. This would also ensure that commercial buildings have a good mix of other commercial uses such as shops, eateries, offices, etc. within the development to meet different needs.

To guide the conversion of commercial spaces to medical clinics, URA and MOH (as the licensing authority for medical clinics) have decided to implement the following guidelines.

Allowable quantum for medical clinics within commercial buildings

The total Gross Floor Area (GFA) for medical clinics2 within a commercial building will be capped at 3,000sqm or 20 per cent of the total floor area approved for commercial use, whichever is lower.

Proposals for medical clinics that exceed this allowable quantum for commercial developments will generally not be supported unless there are strong justifications and clearance from relevant agencies.

The 20 per cent GFA cap does not apply to medical clinics located in shophouse developments and HDB shops3. This allows operators to set up clinics in HDB estates and in small shophouse developments, where the 20 per cent quantum limit may be too restrictive. The total GFA for medical clinic use in the development however should not exceed 3,000sqm.

Where the approved or existing medical clinics within a commercial development have already exceeded the above quantum cap, they are allowed to remain and will not be required to reduce the total floor area of medical clinics.

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