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HDB to Offer Some 3,000 flats in Eastern Half of Ulu Pandan – First of Three Housing Projects to Launch Next Month
2 In line with HDB’s ‘Designing for Life’ roadmap1, which places the holistic well-being of residents at its core, Ulu Pandan housing developments, which are located within the Health District @ Queenstown2, will be designed with a myriad of facilities and nestled within lush greenery to support the physical, social and mental well-being of residents. These include approximately 5 hectares of greenery, comprising a linear park along the Ulu Pandan Canal and a park with natural stream on the eastern side. Green and blue elements such as roof gardens and rain gardens will also be weaved into the housing landscape, infusing a stronger sense of wellness for residents. In addition, a wide range of new commercial amenities will be developed to serve the daily needs of future residents in the vicinity.
3 Located in the mature estate of Queenstown, Ulu Pandan has been zoned for residential development in URA’s Master Plan since 2003. Based on findings from the Environmental Baseline Study (EBS) conducted for the Ulu Pandan site, NParks’ islandwide Ecological Profiling Exercise3, as well as consultations with Nature Groups and the public4, HDB has adopted a holistic and science-based approach to balance development and nature conservation, in the planning and design of Ulu Pandan.
5 Ulu Pandan will feature four unique trails, each designed to enhance residents’ physical, social and mental well-being, as well as to encourage them to embrace an active lifestyle.
8 Connectivity and barrier-free accessibility to Dover MRT station will be improved for residents’ convenience. When completed, this seamless connectivity and the various trails will benefit both new and existing residents in the area, enhancing transport connectivity and bringing more amenities and a wide range of retail offerings closer to their homes.
9 A therapeutic trail will be built to foster positive mental well-being, providing residents with spaces for respite, and to rest and recharge. Residents can enjoy walks along sheltered verandahs, connecting them to various housing blocks. The therapeutic trail will be designed with closed-loop paths without dead ends, to allow users, especially people with dementia and their caregivers to navigate easily and safely through the spaces.
11 To encourage green living, HDB will adopt strategies under the Biophilic Town Framework to integrate nature with the urban environment. High-, mid- and ground level greenery will be interwoven into the developments, bringing nature right to residents’ doorsteps. Water-sensitive urban design, including elements such as rain gardens and bio-swales, will also be integrated with the new housing precincts. In addition, HDB will introduce planting to enhance the ecological value of the precincts where possible.
12 HDB is working closely with PUB and NParks on the plans to establish a green corridor along Ulu Pandan, measuring up to 40 metres wide at some stretches. This helps to serve as an ecological corridor to facilitate wildlife movement such as the Grey Heron and Asian Softshell Turtle5 moving along Sungei Ulu Pandan. This green corridor is a linear park seamlessly connected to precinct green spaces within the housing parcels, as well as the landscaped portion of the Ulu Pandan Canal. Residents and members of the public can engage in recreational and leisure activities in these green spaces.
13 In addition, the Ulu Pandan Canal will be upgraded to enhance flood protection in the area. There are plans to introduce Active, Beautiful, Clean (ABC) Waters features at some stretches in tandem with the upgrading. This would improve the overall experience along the Ulu Pandan Canal and park connector, benefiting future residents as well as existing residents living in the vicinity.
14 Given its excellent rail and bus connectivity, selected precincts such as the upcoming Ulu Pandan BTO project will be designed to be car-lite6 to encourage sustainable modes of travel. Vehicular roads are located at the perimeter of the precinct, segregated from the main pedestrian walkway, enabling residents to move about safely on foot. There will also be a comprehensive network of walking and cycling paths connecting residents to the neighbourhood centre or to key amenities in Ghim Moh via the Park Connector Network.
19 HDB will continue to take a holistic and sustainable approach when planning for new housing developments, to meet the aspirations and needs of Singaporeans.
1 Launched in October 2020, the ‘Designing for Life’ roadmap centres on the overall health and well-being of residents, to provide them with a better living environment at all stages of their lives. The roadmap is supported by 3 pillars that can help Singaporeans ‘Live Well, Live Green, and ‘Live Connected’.
2 The Health District @ Queenstown is a collaboration by HDB, NUHS and NUS, to develop various initiatives to encourage residents to live healthily within the community. It aims to leverage the diverse expertise of partners to create integrated solutions to enhance the health and well-being of Queenstown residents.
3 Please refer to NParks’ press release on a New Clementi Nature Corridor for more details.
4 HDB’s report on the public feedback received and plans for the Ulu Pandan site can be viewed on the HDB InfoWEB (under the “Planning with the environment in mind” section). Please also refer to HDB’s press release on “Development Plans for Ulu Pandan Balance Nature Conservation and Housing Needs” on 30 July 2021 for more details.
5 The Grey Heron and Asian Softshell Turtle are among the species which are considered “vulnerable” and “endangered” respectively, based on the EBS findings.
6 Please refer to LTA-HDB’s joint press release on Ulu Pandan being designated as first car-lite precinct for more details