My earlier comment that I have asked HDB to consider putting up some BTOs in mature estates next year was well received, judging by media reports.
However, ST reported a young couple living in Tanjong Pagar saying that they welcomed the news and were looking forward to a BTO in Tanjong Pagar. I must add that while I have asked HDB to put up more BTOs in mature estates, it will not be possible for many mature estates to benefit from this development, certainly not in the short term.
This is because most of the matured estates are substantially built up, and there is limited land for public housing.
HDB is still studying the details, but preliminarily, they told me that a couple of mature estates such as Kallang/Whampoa and Tampines could benefit from BTO launches next year. We will do our best to meet young couples’ aspiration to be able to continue to live near their parents. But unfortunately, we will not be able to do so in every mature estate.
Tanjong Pagar is fully built up and a BTO there is unlikely. I hope the young couple would seriously consider other options, especially those in the non-mature estates.
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