Singapore’s Long Term Plan Review – strategies and ideas for our future city

On 6 June 2022, URA launched “Spaces for Our Dreams” exhibition to showcase the planning concepts, strategies and proposals to guide Singapore’s long-term development over the next 50 years. Held at The URA Centre Atrium, this exhibition is open to the public for viewing and feedback until 4 August 2022.

Since the first Concept Plan in 1971, Singapore’s long-term plans are reviewed every 10 years to safeguard land for a quality living environment based on evolving trends and changing needs. In this latest Long-Term Plan Review, the planning concepts and strategies that will shape Singapore’s future urban environment are presented under the seven pillars of Live, Work, Play, Move, Cherish, Steward and Sustain. Here are some key highlights of the seven pillars:

Live: Well and Together

URA and agencies will provide a variety of inclusive housing options to meet the increasingly diverse aspirations and needs of Singaporeans and strengthen community relationships. This includes planning for a wider variety of internal layouts for homes that support demographic and lifestyle changes, planning for more towns and estates with a good mix of public and private homes and exploring more time-sharing of spaces for different uses by setting aside reserve space for new or unanticipated needs.

Work: Anywhere and Everywhere
To provide more jobs closer to homes and sustain Singapore’s competitiveness, The URA will continue to build up our islandwide polycentres and rejuvenate the city centre. Plans are already underway to transform the Central Business District (CBD) into a more mixed-use and vibrant precinct, to offer more attractive and flexible workspaces to support innovation and new needs for businesses and workers in the future economy and to introduce some sites in selected areas in the nearer term, for commercial and office uses on shorter lease tenures.

Play: Healthy and Happy

 To bring recreational spaces closer to homes and activate more attractions for both Singaporeans and visitors to enjoy. 

 This can be done by integrating “play” with other land uses, leveraging on our islandwide network of green spaces, waterbodies and coastal areas to bring more nature-based recreation to residents as well as deploying under-utilised open spaces for community purposes.

Move: Efficient and Connected
The URA will focus on strengthening our mobility networks and shift towards more sustainable and efficient modes of travel within our city and with the world. It will also pilot new ideas such as courier hubs to facilitate more efficient logistics operations.

Cherish: Distinctive and Loveable

The URA will seek to enhance our heritage and identity places to grow wider appreciation and ownership for these locations. Five Identity Corridors defined by unique streetscapes, heritage and experiences, have been identified. They are Historic East, Thomson-Kallang Corridor, Inner Ring, Rail Corridor, and Southern Ridges and the Coast.  URA will develop strategies to enhance their character and accessibility for the appreciation and enjoyment of future generations.

Steward: The Green and Blue
Environmental considerations remain an essential tenet of our long-term planning approach. To transform Singapore into a City in Nature, more green and blue spaces will be injected into our urban environment. 

A new nature corridor – Khatib Nature Corridor – will be established to connect the forested sites at Springleaf, Tagore, Miltonia Close and Lower Seletar Reservoir to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Sustain: Low-carbon and Resilient
Creating a clean and green environment for all Singaporeans, and pursuing sustainable development to ensure we meet both present and future needs, is key to securing a sustainable future. Plans include creating more underground caverns for storage and housing utilities, creating a “Long Island” – along the south-eastern coast from Marina East to Changi – to protect our coastline. The “Long Island” can be developed for new homes and integrated with coastal parks and recreational spaces. 

The Next Flight - Concept proposals for Paya Lebar Air Base 
The planned relocation of the Paya Lebar Air Base (PLAB) in the 2030s will free up about 800ha of land in the East Region. PLAB could be transformed into a new town with housing, jobs and amenities, and will be a key node to improve connectivity between the north-east and eastern parts of our island.

More details can be found in the media release by URA: https://www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Media-Room/Media-Releases/pr22-25