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. When the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) implements new dwelling unit standards in the Central Area in January 2023, developers will need to design for larger houses in non-landed developments. All new flats, condominiums, and residential components of commercial and mixed-use buildings in the Central Space must feature a minimum of 20% dwelling units (DUs) with a nett interior space of 70 square metres beginning January 18, 2023. (sq m). Given the larger space limits in the Central Area, URA believes this size is best suited for small families.

“The URA has not imposed a total limit on the number of DUs in the Central Area because it is generally well-served by public transportation, with inhabitants relying less on private automobiles.” As a result, “new developments are less likely to overrun local infrastructure,” according to the URA. Since 2018, when the URA modified guidelines to “avoid the excessive building of shoebox apartments,” dwelling unit size restrictions have only been applied to projects outside the Central Area. Developers must construct at least 20% of the DUs in a project with a nett internal area of at least 100 square meters and no fewer than 20% of the DUs with a nett internal area of less than 50 square meters.

“However, the URA has observed a consistent trend of reducing DU sizes for Central Area projects.” As a result, a fair mix of DU sizes within the Central Area is required to support the planning purpose,” URA stated in a circular issued on Tuesday (Oct 18). According to the URA, “the criteria will be evaluated and reassessed on a regular basis, taking into consideration variables such as lifestyle changes and infrastructure developments.” Analysts emphasized the importance of the rules in light of impending efforts, particularly the planned Greater Southern Waterfront.

These steps will also assist to slow the loss of homes in the Central Area, which has much higher values than the rest of the island.

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Source:
https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/70-of-singaporeans-concerned-about-higher-household-expenses-study



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