About 6,000 Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats will be built on the site of Keppel Club, with the first Build-to-Order (BTO) project expected to launch within three years, said Minister for National Development Desmond Lee on Tuesday (Apr 12).
A mix of public and private housing developments will be progressively scheduled for launch in the next three to five years, said the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
The 48ha site at Keppel Club – about half the size of Bidadari estate – comes under the mature town of Bukit Merah and is bounded by Telok Blangah Road, Berlayer Creek and Bukit Chermin. It has been earmarked for residential use in the URA Master Plan since 2014.
To facilitate its transition to the Sime public course, Keppel was granted a six-month extension for the existing golf course site at Bukit Chermin Road until Jun 30, and a 9.5-month extension for its existing clubhouse and access until Oct 14.
“In addition, a further 5.5-month extension till Mar 31, 2023 will be granted to facilitate Keppel’s clearance and reinstatement of this site,” said SLA in its statement.
With its central location and the two MRT stations nearby – Labrador Park MRT and Telok Blangah MRT – the ministry will “seek to keep the estate car-lite”, and enable residents to get around easily by walking or cycling.
The Government also plans to transform the nearby Pasir Panjang Power Station buildings into a “distinctive and vibrant mixed-use district characterised by its unique industrial heritage and waterfront”, said Mr Lee.