Press Release by URA
Published Date: 22 Aug 2014
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has revised the guidelines for strata landed housing developments to improve their compatibility with the environment of landed housing estates. The revised guidelines also complement URA’s efforts to inject more greenery in our urban environment in the recently announced LUSH 2.0 Programme.
Under the revised guidelines, there is a new set of formulae to determine the maximum number of houses allowed in various types of strata landed housing developments. The new formulae will generally result in fewer strata landed units compared to the previous formulae. It addresses feedback from residents in landed housing estates that such developments could inject a disproportionately large number of units, causing additional traffic and parking problems as well as creating a more congested living environment.
There are also new guidelines to enhance the communal facilities and greenery provision within such developments. Developers will have to set aside at least 45 per cent of the land area for communal open space, up from the current 30 per cent. Of this, a minimum of 25 per cent has to be set aside for on-ground greenery while up to 20 per cent can be used for communal facilities like swimming pools and playgrounds.
The revised guidelines apply with immediate effect from 23 August 2014. See Annex A for an overview of the revised guidelines.
More space for more play
Commonly known as cluster housing, strata landed housing is a form of landed housing that comes with strata titles. They are allowed within landed housing estates, including Good Class Bungalow Areas. It offers home buyers a housing option that combines landed housing living with communal facilities and greenery like those available in private condominiums.
Communal open space forms part of the common property area of strata landed housing developments and include gardens, landscaped areas and recreational facilities such as swimming pools and playgrounds for the common enjoyment of the residents. Communal open spaces safeguard the provision of communal facilities and spaces within the development, and create a sense of openness that many people desire.
By increasing the minimum communal open space to be set aside in strata landed housing developments and mandating minimum on-ground greenery coverage, we hope that strata landed housing developments will further enhance the quality of the living environment for residents.