10,000 homes to be built in Bayshore; 7000 for HDB BTO
Two BTO Projects to be launched in the 2nd half of 2024.
10,000 new homes are said to be built in the new Bayshore estate, out of which 7000 will be for HDB flats. This will be an extension of Bedok town. The first two Build To Order (BTO) projects will be launched for sale in the second half of 2024.
The units will be fronting the waterfront and having city views are part of the masterplan. 10,000 new homes are to be built on the 60ha site which sits on the reclaimed land that is bounded by Upper East Coast Road and East Coast Parkway.
Plans for the first BTO projects will consist of 1400 units of 2room. flexi, 3 and 4 room flats, HDB said on Monday 16th October. The flats will be modern with full height glass windows. Plans for having no structural beams and columns in the flats to allow home owners flexibility in customising their layouts.
BTO project may fall under the Plus category
Given that the new HDB project is located at an attractive location and proximity to transport nodes and amenities, it could be classified under the Plus category. During the National Day Rally 2023, the PM Lee Hsien Loong announced the reclassification of HDBs into Standard, Plus and Prime. From the second half of 2024, it is said that BTO flats in prime locations under Prime and Plus category will come under stricter resale conditions. It will also include a 10 year minimum occupation period (MOP)
National Development Minister Desmond Lee said that these Bayshore HDB flats will be the first public housing project in East Coast since the construction of HDB flats in Marine Parade . He also said that there will be a range of housing types available including rental flats to promote inclusivity.
Car lite Bayshore
Most homes in the area will be within a 5 minute walk to the upcoming Bayshore and Bedok South MRT stations. These train stations on the Thomson East Coast Line which will be fully operational by 2025.
There will be cycling and walking paths that will be connected to the 150km continuous Round Island Route.
In the middle of Bayshore, a new street named Bayshore Drive will be developed with shops, eateries, supermarket, health and medical facilities as well as sports, recreational facilities and resting spots.
Bayshore estate will have green spaces throughout as well as a new 3ha Central Park with open lawns. Families can have picnics and take a nice walk here. A new linear park on the edge of Bayshore will retain heritage elements such as seawalls. This marks the coastline before the land was reclaimed. Even the children playground will have a rustic theme and the Bayshore estate will have different walking trails.
In the east of Bayshore estate, there will be an integrated development on Bedok South MRT station and a bus interchange, retail and f&b and residential units on top.
HDB said that sustainable design strategies would guide the transformation of Bayshore estate and in which it will come with smart infrastructure. An example of such will be the use of solar panels which will be installed in the roofs. The flats will use a pneumatic waste system to transport household waste through underground pipes to a centralised bin.
3ha of forested areas cleared for the new estate
An environmental impact assessment report said that the areas to be cleared were of minor to moderate conservation value. Nevertheless the report said that construction in the Bayshore estate would have irreversible impact on the plans and bird species.
HDB said that it would work together with National Parks Board to identify plants of conservation value and assess how best to manage them .
Meanwhile Mr Lee said that from January to September HDB has already issued almost 18,000 sets of keys to flat owners. Since the start of the Covid19 pandemic it has handed over 60,000 keys to BTO flat buyers.
The pipeline of new BTO flats will continue to increase.