The URA Master Plan 2025: A glimpse into Singapore’s future
URA proposes “adding more flexible and flexible workspaces to areas such as Jurong Lake District”. This may result in an “vertical zone” idea. Instead of establishing distinct land zones, the use is determined by the floor. Lower floors can be utilized for light industries while the middle floors can be used for offices and the top floors can be reserved for residential usage.
New developments are exciting, including flats located on the site of the former Keppel Club, benefiting from the Greater Southern Waterfront, and the renovation of the Turf Club in Kranji by March 2027. This will support the Woodlands regional hub.
There’s also a brand new residential area in Bayshore which is which is part of the East Coast Renewal. The larger plan also comprises the Long Island project, which will provide a barrier to rising sea levels as well as more houses.
Singapore’s urban landscape is ever-evolving and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is at the helm of this change. With the recent unveiling of the 2025 Draft Masterplan, the URA has outlined its vision for the future of Singapore’s Lion City.
In addition, a new type of assisted living public housing is being launched in Kovan.
URA has also spoken of Pulau Brani and Sentosa. The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA), an agency run by the government is trying to highlight the diversity and richness of Singapore’s natural and aquatic spaces. These include forests and coastlines, as well as offshore islands.
Through thoughtful planning and ingenuous design, URA aims to enhance the quality and connectivity of these spaces and make them more accessible for enjoyment and recreation. The initiatives include expanding the nature-based recreation network, growing the green network by incorporating multi-functional nature parks and corridors, and promoting water-based leisure in Singapore’s waterways, reservoirs and coastal areas.
There are plans to turn Sentosa and Pulau Brani into a top tourist destinations for leisure and tourism over the next few decades, leveraging their unique island appeal. The Southern Islands are also being considered for sustainable tourism concepts which balances attraction development with protection of the environment.
As industries evolve and Work From Home becomes increasingly widespread, the authorities have suggested that commercial sites can be leased out for shorter durations (15-30 years).
URA investigates ways to incorporate recreational space as coastal protection measures are implemented. Things like promenades, coastal parks, and multi-purpose walls are being thought of.
The 10-year MOP restrictions are the government’s strategy to permit Singaporeans to enjoy the lifestyle benefits of central property while preventing a financial windfall. The introduction of the Plus, Prime, and Standard models suggests that the there are changes in the pipeline.
Key considerations include preserving its rich aviation heritage by recycling some of the old runway structures and the runway into vibrant public areas.
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The URA is focusing on housing accessibility and building communities that accommodate families, ageing-in place, as well as active living. As per the Prime Location Housing (PLH) model, we can expect to see more BTO launches in mature and central areas such as Queenstown. Prime launches will include 2-room flexible flats and rental apartments that guarantee a greater mixture of demographics.
The URA’s 2025 vision for Singapore will be a paradigm shift. With its emphasis on growth, sustainability, and heritage, the future of Singapore looks promising. It is important to be aware that the URA along with Singaporeans Singapore have contributed to this vision.
The URA will also strive to create healthy communities through the design of parks and green spaces. The goal is to ensure that residents have access to nature and play right outside their door. The main goal is to co-create an innovative community that seamlessly integrates living, working as well as playing and mobility.
In 2027 the bridge will span a section near St. Andrews Village. This bridge will finish the Kallang Park connector route which forms a 10-kilometre bike trail that is able to be cycled from Bishan to Singapore’s CBD in 30 to 45 minutes.
In 2030, the plan for relocation is set, the Paya Lebar Airbase will likely be replaced with 150,000 brand new houses. Redevelopment plans are in the process for Marine Parade, Hougang, and Punggol. The runway of the airport will be preserved, acting as the 3.8-kilometre “green spine” or park-like link between neighborhoods. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) envisions this transformation to reflect the site’s unique identity as a former airport and airbase.