In June 5th, government made it clear that Singapore Racecourse site in Kranji will be shut down in March 2027. The 120-ha site is being utilized for housing and other projects. PropNex Chief Executive Officer Ismail Gafoor says the move “reflects the flexibility of the government’s strategy for managing the land use in Singapore which is a land that is in short supply, but there are many competing demands to fill space”.
Possible redevelopment plans for Kranji MRT Station. vast site just beside Kranji MRT Station will likely bring new private and public residential dwellings, parks, retail options and other services for the community to the Northern part of Singapore PropNex says PropNex.
The company estimates that 30,000 to 30,000 new homes are possible on the site in the event of an average plot ratio of 2.8 and a area of 1,000 square feet. But the exact number could differ depending on the final plans for development.
Lee Sze Teck, senior director of research at Huttons Asia is adamant that, even though the 120-hectare site could be considered too small to qualify as a separate township but it could be a way to expand the existing Woodlands township in HDB. The town could be home to up to 30,000 homes could be constructed on the parcel of land.
The current master plan reveals where next residential development may be built, according to Eugene Lim, key executive officer of ERA Realty Network. “Looking at the present areas of land, as shown within the Master Plan, residential uses might be included on the western and eastern sides of the club’s turf site as an extension of existing residential uses,” says Lim.
The western part of the area on Turf Club Avenue might be ideal for “low-rise condominiums or land parcels since “there are already landed properties in Jalan Kasau.” Jalan Kasau region,” adds Lim. The remaining site could be redeveloped with a mixture of sports, nature, F&B, retail, and leisure, as additional land uses to complement the residential use in the region.
“The redesign of Kranji as a town will help in the expansion of the Woodlands Regional Centre, which is being touted as the biggest economy hub in Singapore’s north area,” says Gafoor, and adds that this will boost the workforce for businesses that are expected to grow in the Woodlands, Senoko, Lim Chu Kang and Sungei Kadut.
Lee is also of the opinion there is a need to create a momentum required to push Woodlands ahead as a regional center and he says that the closing to the Singapore Turf Club, founded in 1842, will allow urban planners the chance to consider a new strategy for positioning Woodlands to be a place of opportunity in the future.