Planning with the Environment in mind

Due to continued household growth and evolving housing needs, there is a strong demand for public housing in both mature and non-mature estates. To meet Singaporeans’ housing needs, land is set aside for residential uses and supporting amenities and these are reflected in URA’s gazetted Master Plan. As part of the planning and development process, we conduct in-depth studies where required, to assess the expected impact of development on the natural and built environment.

These studies, which are carried out by technical agencies and independent consultancies, provide us with a better understanding of the existing area. They guide our development plans for the areas and inform mitigating measures to minimise the impact of development works on the environment. For example, an Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) would also be developed for each site to mitigate and manage any potential impact of development.

We also engage varied groups of community stakeholders to strengthen the rigour of the studies. The findings from the studies and feedback received through engagements are carefully considered, together with other Government agencies like URA and NParks, before a project is allowed to proceed.

This established process adopts a holistic, evidence-based and methodological approach to balance developmental needs with environmental goals in Singapore, ensuring that our projects are undertaken with great care, and that Singaporeans’ housing needs, both present and future, are met.

Read our latest environmental study reports and share with us your feedback.

Current Environmental Study Reports

Site Name Environmental Study Report 
Bayshore

The Bayshore area is situated on reclaimed land and has been earmarked for housing development since 2003. As the development site includes partially forested areas, HDB has engaged a consultant to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to sensitively guide the development plans for this area.

The study has assessed that there is minor to moderate conservation value of the habitats and biodiversity found within the study area with low species richness and low proportion of species of conservation significance, and has recommended mitigation measures and an Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (EMMP). Key stakeholders, including representatives from Nature Groups, were also engaged to seek ideas and feedback. Agencies will continue to study the design of future developments within the site to minimise potential environmental impact.

Feedback on the EIA report has now closed. Thank you for sharing your feedback. We will carefully consider all feedback received, and will publish our plans when ready.

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 1 MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 7 MB)

 

Changi Bay

HDB is the appointed agency for land reclamation works and plans to carry out land reclamation at Changi Bay. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been carried out to determine the potential environmental impact of the project. It also recommends mitigation measures as well as an Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) to ensure compliance with the Environmental Quality Objectives set for the project.

 

The EIA report is available for public viewing by appointment at the HDB Hub (Address: 480, Lorong 6, Toa Payoh, Singapore 310480), from 12 July 2022 to 8 August 2022. To view the report, please contact Ms Audrey Yim (Audrey_HM_YIM@hdb.gov.sg) or Mr Terence Peh (PEH_Hui_Yang@hdb.gov.sg).

 

 

Past Environmental Study Reports

Site Name Environmental Study Report 
Keppel Club Site

Keppel Club Site is a brownfield site zoned ‘Residential (Subject to Detailed Planning)’ in URA’s Master Plan since 2014. Given the subject site’s proximity to Labrador Nature Reserve, Mount Faber Park & Telok Blangah Hill Park, HDB and URA have engaged a consultant to conduct an Environment Impact Study (EIS) to sensitively guide the development plans for this area.

The study has identified three areas of high conservation value to take note of when planning for the site, as well as the need to safeguard ecological connectivity between Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. Based on the EIS findings/ recommendations and in consultation with Nature Groups, we are studying how we could safeguard green spaces within the site for ecological connectivity and minimise any potential environmental impacts.

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 1MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 74MB)

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have carefully considered all feedback received, and would like to share in detail our considerations and plans for the Keppel Club site in this report.

 

Choa Chu Kang N1  

The Choa Chu Kang N1 site is zoned for residential development in URA’s Master Plan 2019. HDB has engaged a consultant to conduct an Environmental Baseline Study (EBS) for this site to guide the development plans for this area.

Based on the EBS findings, the consultants have proposed for an ecological corridor and for some areas with species of conservation significance to be protected and retained. Through our engagements and with feedback received from Interest Groups, HDB and partner agencies are studying the possibility of conserving these areas as additional natural green areas, above what has been safeguarded in the Master Plan.

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 1MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 41MB)

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have carefully considered all feedback received, and would like to share in detail our considerations and plans for the Choa Chu Kang N1 site in this report.

 

Mount Pleasant

The area occupied by the Old Police Academy and its immediate vicinity in Mount Pleasant is zoned for Residential use in URA's Master Plan since 1998.

While the site is brownfield, it is located close to Bukit Brown and the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. HDB thus appointed consultants to conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of an area larger than the planned development site. The consultants have proposed to protect and retain some areas with species of conservation significance. HDB, together with partner agencies such as URA and NParks, have reviewed our land use plan for the area to see how we can avoid affecting or minimise impact on these areas.

HDB, URA and NHB also commissioned a pilot heritage study for the Old Police Academy site, and the consultants have identified selected buildings and open spaces within the Old Police Academy to be protected and undergo adaptive reuse. Mitigation measures were also recommended to minimise the impact of redevelopment on the area's heritage. HDB will continue to work with our partners, such as the Singapore Police Force, to celebrate the heritage of the Old Police Academy.

EIS report

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 1MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 46MB)

Heritage Study report

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 1MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 29MB)

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have carefully considered all feedback received, and would like to share in detail our considerations and plans for the Mount Pleasant area. You can access the reports for the EIS and for the heritage study.

 

 Tengah

Land in Tengah has been set aside for development about 30 years ago, and based on URA’s Master Plan 2019, Tengah is zoned largely for residential development. An Environmental Baseline Study (EBS) was conducted from 2016 - 2017. Since then, we have engaged consultants to conduct in-depth Environmental Impact Studies (EIS) for the Tengah North and Tengah South areas.

The consultants have proposed for some areas with plants and fauna of conservation significance to be protected and retained. HDB and partner agencies are studying the possibility of conserving these areas with agencies and Nature Groups, as additional natural green areas, above what has been safeguarded in the Master Plan. This would enhance existing plans for ecological connectivity from the Western Catchment Area through Tengah to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Tengah North

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 2MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 91MB)

Tengah South

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 2MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 61MB)

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have carefully considered all feedback received, and would like to share in detail our considerations and plans for the Tengah sites in this report.

 
Woodlands North

Woodlands North has been largely zoned for residential development in URA’s Master Plan since 2003. As the area is close to Admiralty Park, HDB has appointed a consultant to conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS).

The study highlighted a proposed core conservation area to take note of when planning the site. Through our engagement and with feedback received from Nature Groups, we are studying how we could retain the proposed core conservation area, to possibly form an extension of Admiralty Park, as part of the plans.

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 1MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 70MB)

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have carefully considered all feedback received, and would like to share in detail our considerations and plans for the Woodlands North site in this report.

 

Miltonia Close

Miltonia Close has been largely zoned for residential development in URA’s Master Plan since 2003. HDB has appointed a consultant to conduct an environmental baseline study (EBS) for this site to guide the development plans for this area.

The study highlighted a proposed core biodiversity area to take note of when planning the site. Through our engagement and with feedback received from Nature Groups, we are studying how we could retain the key elements of this proposed core biodiversity area, and a sizeable area of greenery, above what has already been safeguarded under the Master Plan.

  1. Executive Summary (PDF, 1MB)
  2. Full Report (PDF, 78MB)

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have carefully considered all feedback received, and would like to share in detail our considerations and plans for the Miltonia Close site in this report.

 

Ulu Pandan Estate

Ulu Pandan Estate Environmental Baseline Study Report (PDF, 19MB)

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We have carefully considered all feedback received, and would like to share in detail our considerations and plans for the Ulu Pandan site in this report.

 

Bukit Batok Hillside Park 

Bukit Batok Hillside Park Environmental Impact Studies Report (PDF, 22MB)

Finalised report after reviewing all public feedback received.