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Suburban Living in Yishun
A Rejuvenated Yishun
A rejuvenation programme for Yishun Town Centre promises to breathe new life into the middle-aged estate. Count on new community spaces, improved pedestrian linkages, and an integrated mixed-use development with bus interchange at Yishun Central. New park connectors will make it easier to get from nearby homes to Lower Seletar Reservoir, while the park around Yishun Pond will be enhanced for residents' enjoyment.
More Housing in Yishun
New HDB Homes in Existing Estates
If you aspire to live in the North, watch out for the new flats that will be constructed in existing estates over the next 10 to 15 years. These include Build-To-Order projects such as Jade Spring @ Yishun and new HDB rental housing in Yishun and Sembawang.
The new homes at Yishun will enjoy access to green areas such as Lower Seletar Reservoir and Yishun Town Park, while those at Sembawang will contribute to the critical mass in the town. In the more mature towns in Woodlands, homes will be built on empty land amidst existing neighbourhoods.
New Areas for Private Housing in Yishun
The number of private homes in the North is set to double, in the next 10 to 15 years. The result will be plenty of housing choices. Some homes will have views of Lower Seletar Reservoir or be near new parks such as Admiralty Park, while others will be close to neighbourhood centres and educational institutions like Singapore Sports School. Existing landed housing estates in Woodlands, Sembawang and Yishun will see new landed properties and other low-density housing built nearby.
New developments already coming on-stream are condominiums at Rosewood Dr in Woodlands and at Yishun Ave 1 / Ave 2, and new landed housing at Sembawang Greenvale near Sembawang Park.
Easily Accessible Facilities in Yishun
A Regional Hospital in Yishun
The new Khoo Teck Puat hospital, to be completed in 2010, will be located conveniently near Yishun MRT station, with tranquil views of the neighbouring Yishun Pond.
New Community Clubs in the North
You can also look forward to a full slate of activities for all ages at two new community clubs (CCs). The clubs, currently operating at void decks, will relocate to purpose-built premises in Woodlands. Admiral Garden CC will be situated next to the Neighbourhood Police Centre at Woodlands Ave 6 / Dr 63, while ACE the Place CC will move next to Christchurch Secondary School along Woodlands Ave 1.
A Range of Facilities in Yishun
Book lovers will welcome a new community library for Yishun. To be ready by 2009, the sprawling facility will occupy 2,300sqm in the Northpoint Shopping Centre extension. Also opening in 2009 is Singapore’s first multi-storey driving centre along Woodlands Industrial Park E. Sites have also been identified for new primary and secondary schools, nursing homes, and places of worship.
Interim Recreational Facilities
A scheme is in place to encourage interim recreational and community facilities on sites that are not yet due for development. It has resulted in the construction of many hard courts throughout the HDB towns for sporting activities and grassroots functions. Temporary football fields, vegetable farms, and bird-pole areas are also welcome uses.
Fielding Shared Uses
Residents in the North have responded well to a scheme where the public get to use school fields outside of school hours. To date, 12 schools in the North have joined the scheme, and more schools will be encouraged to participate.
Enhancing Transportation Linkages and Accessibility in Yishun
A New MRT Line
The 27km Thomson Line (TSL) will run from Woodlands to the heart of Marina Bay, complementing the North-South Line and serving areas that do not currently have direct MRT links, such as Sin Ming, Kebun Baru and Thomson. Residents can look forward to faster trips to the city via the TSL.
Quicker Road Trips
The 21km North-South Expressway (NSE) will similarly complement the CTE, providing additional capacity to serve the expected increase in travel demand along the north-south corridor. The NSE is expected to cut travelling time to the city by 30 percent.
A new road connecting Yishun Ave 7 to the CTE and TPE is proposed. It will provide residents of the North, especially Yishun, an alternative route to surrounding expressways.