URA revises guideline on proportion of bigger units in non-landed residential developments in Central Area

The Central Area covers 11 Planning Areas: Outram, Museum, Newton, River Valley, Singapore River, Marina South, Marina East, Straits View, Rochor, Orchard and Downtown Core.

URA has already monitored a consistent fad in declining DU sizes for developments in the Central area, and has already introduced the modified rule to guarantee a good mix of DU measurements throughout the Central Area.

However, Lee looks forward to some of the en bloc sites in the Central Area and the Marina Gardens Lane to become impacted by the updated guidelines. Property developers might probably re-assess prospective offers for en bloc locations due to charge factors to consider, affecting the excellence rate of en bloc places in the Central Area.

All recent apartments, condos and housing components of marketable as well as mixed-use properties will be required to ensure a minimum of 20% of dwelling units (DUs) with a net interior area of at least 70 sq m (753.5 sq ft), according to a URA circular issued on Oct 18.

The latest standards are going to apply to development requests submitted to URA created by Jan 18, 2023, ahead.

“The threshold of 70 sq m is a reasonable size for small households, considering the tighter room restraints in the Central Area,” the circular says. URA did not establish a limit on the overall number of DUs found in the Central Area as latest properties are less likely to place a pressure on nearby facilities. At the same time, developers are motivated to give a good mix of DU scales to cater to the requirements of all segments of the industry, including bigger families, and also prevent a disproportionately huge quantity of smaller sized DUs.

In 2018, URA revised standards on maximum allowed number of DUs in non-landed household properties outside the Central Area. The max permitted amount of DUs is derived by splitting the recommended structure gross floor area by 85 sq m. URA says it will remain to keep track of moreover evaluate the standards periodically, considering factors such as lifestyle transitions and infrastructural developments.

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As the placing of the Central Area has moved to settle down, do the job and even play, there have been concerted initiatives to offer even more combined uses in the Central Area to urge even more live-in populace plus infuse vibrancy.

Lee Sze Teck, senior analysis supervisor at Huttons, expects a little larger units down the road but observes the overall effect on the industry as very little. Most of the work in the Central Area remain in conformity with this brand-new guideline, he indicates. Financiers may have fewer options of much smaller units in the future and might will have to consider looking to the resale market, increasing costs of smaller sized units.