The Housing and Development Board (HDB) of Singapore has unveiled development plans for the second phase of Punggol town.
Phase two will feature seven waterfront housing districts: Waterway East, Waterway West, Northshore, Matilda, Punggol Point, Crescent and Canal.
Waterway East and Waterway West Districts are currently under development, while the Northshore and Matilda districts are likely be developed within the next five years.
The Northshore District will feature a new seafront public housing and a neighbourhood shopping centre with a linear mall.
The Matilda District will be developed along Punggol’s western waterfront.
Phase two will feature a new destination for the North-East region, known as Punggol Downtown.
Plans also include a waterfront Market Village bordering on the south of the Coney Channel, a learning corridor designated to accommodate future educational institutions, as well as a Creative Cluster, which is designed to host new commercial activities.
Green parks and corridors will also be integrated with the waterfront promenades, including the 1.5km-long heritage trail Old Punggol Road.
A new town square will be developed in Punggol town besides community facilities and a new hawker centre.
The second phase of development will increase the number of housing units in Punggol to 100,000 from the existing 26,000, making it Singapore’s biggest housing town – twice the size of Ang Mo Kio.
Phase two will be completed over the next 15 years and beyond, with48,000 new units scheduled for completion by 2016.
The first phase of Punggol development started in 1996 with the announcement of the Punggol 21 Vision by the Singapore Government.
Due to the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and 1998 the project slowed down; in 2007 the government revealed a new Punggol 21-plus plan to put the original vision back on track.
Image: The second phase of Punggol will feature a new town square and a new hawker centre. Photo: The Housing and Development Board.