New URA guidelines call for bigger spaces for homes in non-landed developments in Central Area

by Albert02

New URA guidelines call for bigger spaces for homes in non-landed developments in Central Area

New URA guidelines call for bigger spaces for homes in non-landed developments in Central Area.  Developers will need to plan for larger residences in non-landed developments in the Central Area beginning in January 2023, when new criteria for dwelling units from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) go into effect. From January 18, 2023, all new flats, condominiums, and residential components of commercial and mixed-use complexes in the Central Space will be required to have a minimum of 20% of dwelling units (DUs) with a nett internal area of 70 square metres (sq m). URA considers this size to be suitable for small families, given the Central Area’s stricter space limits.

“URA has not set a limit on the overall number of DUs in the Central Area because it is generally well-served by public transportation, with inhabitants here relying less on private vehicles.” As a result, new developments are less likely to overburden local infrastructure,” according to the URA. Since 2018, when the URA changed guidelines to “limit the excessive construction of shoebox units,” dwelling unit size requirements have only been applied to projects outside the Central Area. Developers must establish at least 20% of a project’s DUs with a nett internal space of at least 100 sq m and no fewer than 20% of the DUs with a nett internal area of less than 50 sq m.

“However, URA has found a consistent trend of decreasing DU sizes for constructions in the Central Area.” To complement the planning purpose, there is consequently a need to ensure a good mix of DU sizes within the Central Area,” URA stated in a circular issued on Tuesday (Oct 18). “URA will continue to monitor and reassess the standards on a regular basis, taking into consideration aspects such as lifestyle changes and infrastructure advancements,” the agency stated. Analysts emphasized the rules’ relevance in regard to planned projects, particularly the new Greater Southern Waterfront.

These guidelines will also aid in halting the shrinkage of homes in the Central Area, where prices are substantially higher than elsewhere on the island.

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Source: https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/real-estate/mobile-spotlight/new-ura-guidelines-call-for-bigger-spaces-for-homes-in-non-landed


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