Waterfront housing districts are under way.
Accordig to HDB, Punggol is at its halfway development mark. Besides being the largest developer, HDB is also the master planner of Singapore’s public housing estates. Working together with partner agencies such as URA, NParks, LTA and PUB, HDB’s vision for the next phase of Punggol’s development will be guided by five new key ideas:
1. Signature Waterfront Housing Districts
The next phase of development in Punggol will see signature waterfront housing districts, each with its own distinct character, created to give residents a stronger sense of attachment to their neighbourhoods. This is also in line with the HDB Roadmap’s first key thrust to develop Well-Designed towns.
Punggol residents can look forward to seven different waterfront housing districts – Waterway East and Waterway West Districts which are currently already under development and new areas at Northshore District, Matilda District, Punggol Point District, Crescent District, and Canal District. Of which, the Northshore and Matilda districts are likely to start development first within the next five years, subject to demand
2. Punggol Downtown: A New Destination for the North-East Region
As the Punggol community grows, the town centre will be further expanded into the new “Punggol Downtown”. There will be more civic spaces, such as the Punggol Town Square, as well as mixed uses to introduce greater vibrancy into the new downtown area.
Some of the new plans include introducing a waterfront Market Village bordering on the south of the Coney Channel, a Learning Corridor designated to house future educational institutions, as well as a Creative Cluster, designed to host new commercial activities.
3. An Even Greener Punggol
Even as Punggol urbanises and develops, residents at Punggol can look forward to a greener town. More green parks and green corridors will be integrated with the waterfront promenades. As HDB’s first Eco-Town, Punggol continues to serve as a good platform for the pursuit of green initiatives and sustainable solutions. This is in line with our Roadmap’s second thrust to develop sustainable towns.
The existing My Waterway@Punggol and the Punggol Waterway Park will be enhanced, with green spaces expanding towards the north. Collectively, these open spaces, in which the town centre, sports complex and Learning Corridor are located, will form the “Green Heart” of Punggol.
4. Great Places for the Community
As Punggol moves forward in the development of its “hardware”, the importance of building cohesive and resilient communities is not forgotten. In line with the third thrust of HDB’s Roadmap to develop community-centric towns, more civic and recreational spaces will be created to provide the physical setting for community gatherings and events. For instance, a new Town Square will be developed in the heart of Punggol town, in addition to more community facilities and a new hawker centre for residents.
5. Moving Around Punggol
As we witness Punggol’s development unfold and the community grow, there is a need to improve the connectivity within Punggol. The transport infrastructure will be enhanced, and cycling tracks will be built in tandem with new roads to encourage clean commute.
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