According to National Development Minister Desmond Lee, this new BTO estate is still in the conceptual stage but its design will take inspiration from the heritage and nature in the area. The 33-hectare estate, around one-third the size of Bidadari, is bounded by Thomson Road and the Pan Island Expressway (PIE), is close to Bukit Brown, the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and towns such as Toa Payoh.
To pave the way for the development of public housing and a road network in the area, the Government would acquire a small part of the land at the Singapore Polo Club along Mount Pleasant Road. Its clubhouse, field and main horse stables would not be affected.
The estate will have a low-rise neighbourhood centre where amenities such as retail shops are located and will be designed to be open and green, and will feature community spaces.
Two out of the three streams in the area would also be fully conserved, with the third stream partially conserved, specifically the part which has richer biodiversity in this beautiful green oasis.
Residents will be served by the upcoming Mount Pleasant MRT station on the Thomson-East Coast Line, which will open in tandem with the completion of the BTO projects.
As land becomes scarcer and needs continue to grow, balancing land use will become more complex.
The government will put out more information on their planning process and decisions and involve more Singaporeans - hoping Singaporeans will better understand the trade-offs involved we work together to develop strategies and measures to strike a balance in our nation's progress.
Bounded by Thomson Road and the Pan Island Expressway (PIE), Kiwi Lim from Huttons Asia believe this BTO project in Thomson / Whitley area will receive overwhelming response once it is launched due to the strong demand for flats in nearby areas. The area's rich heritage, green nature, beautiful environment on elevated ground and connectivity to the city and rest of Singapore will be very attractive to homeowners. The million dollar question is, will this upcoming BTO project be part of the PLH model of BTO flats?