At Sembawang Greenvale, a new housing estate near Sembawang Park, we have piloted a new set of planning guidelines. These new planning guidelines by URA, Envelope Control Guidelines, give architects and homeowners greater flexibility in configuring the interior spaces of their homes. This was in response to suggestions by our architects and homeowners. We thought it was a good idea. But before nation-wide adoption, we tried it out in one new housing estate. The results are positive.
URA guidelines used to spell out the height control at each storey of a home. The new guidelines free this up, and define only the outline of the building – specifically, a maximum height of 15.5 metres for three-storey homes and 12 metres for two-storey homes. Existing detailed guidelines on building features such as the attic floor and basement, as well as height restrictions on each floor, will no longer apply.
The new guidelines should be good news to those who want flexibility in interior design. Owners can ‘layer’ their homes creatively, to bring in natural light and ventilation, and are most likely to benefit those who live in intermediate terraces.
This new Envelope Control Guidelines as applied at Sembawang Greenvale will be introduced island-wide by URA from 11 May 2015. Do continue to share your ideas at https://www.ura.gov.sg/uol/feedback-redirect.aspx on how we can make our living environment better.
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