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Joint Press Release by MND & HDB - Transforming HDB Heartlands to Enhance the Lives of Residents
Senior Minister of State for National Development Mr Lee Yi Shyan announced today in Parliament that three more towns – Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Pasir Ris, will form the third batch of towns to be rejuvenated under HDB’s Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) programme. A new committee – the Revitalise Heartland Shops Committee, will also be set up to review the Revitalisation of Shops (ROS) Scheme so as to serve HDB residents better.
2 The Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) plans were first announced by Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong during the National Day Rally in 2007 to transform Singapore’s young, middle-aged and mature HDB towns/estates into distinctive and endearing homes for Singaporeans. Punggol, Yishun and Dawson were the first heartland towns and estates selected in 2007 to undergo ROH. In 2011, East Coast, Hougang and Jurong Lake areas were selected as the second batch of the ROH programme. Please refer to Annex A for more details on the upcoming plans for these towns.
3 Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Pasir Ris will be transformed under Batch 3 of the programme. The plans include the rejuvenation of Toa Payoh Town Centre, creating more recreational spaces on the Woodlands waterfront along the Straits of Johor (Woodlands) and injecting new developments at the Town Centre (Pasir Ris). The plans for the ROH Batch 3 towns are currently at the preliminary stage. In the coming months, HDB will gather feedback from the residents and local community stakeholders to further develop and refine the ROH plans for these towns.
4 The new Revitalise Heartland Shops Committee, chaired by SMS Lee, will be set up to review and refine the Revitalisation of Shops (ROS) scheme, in consultation with retailers, grassroots and merchant associations. The committee will make recommendations to transform the heartland shopping environment into vibrant social spaces for community bonding. Please refer to Annex B for more details on the current ROS scheme.
5 More details on the review will be announced in the coming months.