The URA Master Plan 2025: A glimpse of Singapore’s future
The URA vision for 2025 in Singapore is transformational. Singapore’s future looks bright with the focus on sustainability, heritage and expansion. It is crucial to remember that the URA, as well as Singaporeans Singapore have contributed to this vision.
The URA also aims to create healthier communities through the design of green spaces and recreation areas. It will make sure that residents have access to the outdoors and can play right at their front door. The main aim is to build a forward-looking community that seamlessly integrates working, living playing, mobility, and recreation.
In the coming decades there are plans in place to transform Sentosa Island as well as Pulau Brai into the top leisure and tourism destinations, taking advantage of their unique appeal to islanders. The Southern Islands are also being examined for sustainable tourism strategies that balance attraction enhancement and protection of the environment.
Important considerations include conserving its rich aviation heritage through repurposing some of the former structures of the airport and a portion of the runway into dynamic public spaces.
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The Paya Lebar Airbase is likely to be replaced by 2030 by 150,000 new houses. Marine Parade, Hougang and Punggol are undergoing redevelopment. The runway at the airport will be preserved and serve as the 3.8-kilometre “green spine” or park-like connector between the neighbourhoods. The Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vision is to transform the area into an unique airport and airbase.
URA’s aim is to improve the accessibility and quality of these spaces via innovative design and planning. Initiatives include expanding the nature-based recreation network, growing the green network, which includes multi-purpose nature parks and corridors and promoting water-based leisure in Singapore’s reservoirs, waterways, and coasts.
By 2027, a 682-metre span spanning a section of PIE close to St. Andrews Village will be up. The bridge will be the final part of the Kallang Park Connector, which will form a 10-kilometre trail that runs that runs from Bishan to the CBD in 30 to 45 minutes on bicycle.
URA explores opportunities to integrate recreational space as coastal protection measures are implemented. Things like promenades, coastal parks, and multi-purpose walls are being thought of.
In addition, a new model of assisted-living public housing is being launched in Kovan.
Sentosa and Pulau Brani are also on the list as outlined by URA. The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) which is an agency run by the government, is highlighting the variety and diversity of Singapore’s natural and aquatic spaces. This includes forests, coastlines, as well as offshore islands.
URA suggests “adding more flexible and flexible workspaces to areas such as Jurong Lake District”. This could manifest itself in an “vertical zone” concept. Instead of having separate land zones, usage is based on building floors. For instance the lower floors could be used for light industrial purposes middle floors are to be used for office space, and top floors for residential homes.
The urban landscape of Singapore is always changing, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is in charge of this transformation. The URA recently unveiled the 2025 Draft Masterplan which outlines its vision for our Lion City.
As industries change and Work From Home becomes increasingly common, the authorities have suggested that commercial properties could be leased for shorter time periods (15-30 years).
The URA is in the business of ensuring that housing is accessible and building communities that accommodate families, ageing-in-place as well as active living. We can expect to see more BTO launches, which are in line with the Prime Location Housing model (PLH) that are located in central, mature areas such as Queenstown. Prime launches will feature 2-room flexible flats and rental apartments that
will guarantee a greater mixture of demographics.
The government introduced the 10-year MOP restriction to give Singaporeans the lifestyle benefits that central areas properties can provide, and also to prevent the possibility of financial gains. The introduction of the Plus, Prime, and Standard models shows that change is in the works.
Exciting developments include flats on the site of the former Keppel Club, benefiting from the Greater Southern Waterfront, and the redevelopment of the Turf Club in Kranji by March 2027, which will help the Woodlands regional hub.
Bayshore also has a brand new estate as part of East Coast Renewal. Long Island is part of the overall plan, and will provide more homes as well as an obstacle to the rising sea level.