SAFEGUARDING OF LANDED HOUSING AREA
From this set of Landed Housing Area Plan, you are able to find out the locations of these safeguarded estates, and the type of housing that can be built in your estate. These estates are categorised by the predominant housing form as follows:
- Good Class Bungalow area where bungalow development must have a minimum plot size of 1,400 sqm. Strata bungalows are also permitted.
- Bungalow area where bungalow development must have a minimum plot size of 400 sqm. Strata bungalows are also permitted.
- Semi-detached area where bungalows, strata bungalows, semi-detached and strata semi-detached houses are permitted.
- Mixed Landed housing area where any form of landed housing such as bungalows, semi-detached houses and terrace type I (occupying a land area of 150 sqm) are permitted. In addition, townhouses, strata bungalows and cluster housing with their own control guidelines are also permitted. Terrace type II (occupying a land area of 80 sqm) is, however subject to evaluation as these houses with 1.0m front setback could affect the streetscape.
LANDED HOUSING AREA PLAN
In 1994, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) carried out a study of all existing landed housing estates. This study arose from an observation that the character of some of our landed housing estates has been changing, especially in the older housing estates. Land was being subdivided into smaller plots for terrace and semi-detached houses while others are developed for flats and condominiums. It was also common for homeowners to add a second or third storey to their existing houses.
If such developments were allowed to continue freely, the character of these established housing areas would be changed. But in land scarce Singapore, it would not be possible to preserve all landed housing estates in their original forms. Nevertheless, some of these estates need to be protected to satisfy the needs and aspirations of Singaporeans who want to live in a good landed property environment.
As part of the Master Plan 2008, Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have reviewed and updated this set of safeguarding plans that was introduced as the Designated Landed Housing Estates Plan.
Developments in these estates, including Good Class Bungalow Areas (GCBA) are generally allowed up to 2 storeys. In estates where there is no 2-storey restriction, new buildings of up to 3 storeys are permitted.
Please note that an estate safeguarded for landed housing does not automatically render it eligible for the plan lodgment scheme.
MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING BUILDINGS
Existing buildings may remain until they are rebuilt in the future. The proposal to rebuild the existing building is subject to evaluation based on the landed housing proposal for the area.
If you wish to renovate or modify your house, you must follow the guidelines on landed housing in your area. In addition, you must satisfy the prevailing planning controls on plot size, plot width and building setback requirements. For bungalows, the proposed extensions must also satisfy the site coverage requirements.
These are as follow:
- URA has simplified how site coverage is computed. This will make it easier for QPs to compute the site coverage of their proposed development, reducing the time taken to prepare submission drawings to URA for planning permission.
Simplification of Site Coverage Guidelines
- QPs currently compute the site coverage of their developments by including the areas of the site covered by the building block. In addition, QPs have to factor in other building structures such as ledges, eaves, balconies and linkways depending on the extent of their projection from the main building and positions of vertical supports, etc. URA recognises that there is scope to streamline the approach in defining site coverage to enhance clarity and objectivity.
- Hence, URA has revised the definition of site coverage to simply include all building structures that protrude more than 1m from the ground, as seen from the top-down “Site Plan” view (see Figure A).
Figure A: An example of the revised site coverage computation method
- To accommodate this new definition, URA has correspondingly increased the allowable site coverage for the various developments as shown in Figure B.
Figure B: Revised site coverage controls
|DEVELOPMENT TYPES||SITE COVERAGE CONTROL
|SITE COVERAGE CONTROL
|Flats & Condominiums||40%||50%|
|Bungalows (including Strata-Bungalows)||40%||50%|
|Good Class Bungalows||35%||40%|
N.B: Write-up and photos credited to the Urban Redevelopment Authority URA.
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