History of Sengkang
Formerly a fishing port, Sengkang by mid-20th century was home to rubber, pepper and pineapple plantations.
In 1994, HDB (Housing Development Board) established a concept for a new town in Sengkang with the intention of developing it with private and public housing totalling 95,000 units.
These new homes would populate the seven subzones of Sengkang. Four neighbourhoods (Anchorvale, Rivervale, Compassvale and Fernvale) would carry two sub-themes as a call back to Sengkang’s history as a fishing village and the plantations.
Of these four, Rivervale was completed first in 1997.
The other neighbourhoods, like Anchorvale, have BTO estates such as Anchorvale Cove and Anchorvale Harvest. These are within walking distance to Farmway LRT. Executive condominium Bellewaters is around the corner, along Anchorvale Crescent.
As of March 2017, there are 65,981 HDB flats in Sengkang with many more on the way.
What’s in Sengkang?
As a new town, much of Sengkang was built with a network of green connectors to accompany Sengkang’s two rivers; Sungei Punggol and Sungei Serangoon.
Natural beauty gives people a much-needed visual break from the clutter around but as with any new town, proximity to industrial centres or working clusters are just as important.
As per Sengkang’s masterplan, the $60 million Seletar Aerospace Park has 320-hectares for an upgraded airport.
There’s also space where companies such as ST Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and Airbus Helicopters have already begun operating from.
In addition, there are several dining options at Seletar Aerospace Park as an added convenience for people who work in the vicinity. There is also the popular stretch of Jalan Kayu.
Situated roughly a five-minute walk from Thanggam LRT and Parc Botannia, Jalan Kayu and its variety of local cuisine is a popular location for food.
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Sengkang in the next 10 years
Growing Sengkang’s HDB estates is a significant part of developing the new town, but the government’s Master Plan indicates further gentrification. Here’s what residents can expect:
Jalan Kayu’s interim park will be converted into a full park. As for Jalan Kayu’s popular eateries along Lorong Semat, there will be environmental improvement works wto beautify the public spaces.
The narrow road of Lorong Semat is expected to see some upgrades to improve both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
The greenery will beautify the place and increase the value of the properties in the area. Likewise, the better roads will improve safety and accessibility.
The link between Jalan Kayu and Thanggam LRT will be improved. Due to the construction of new developments and green spaces, the linkway is surrounded by fences and construction. It is also unsheltered.
The Master Plan is vague about the plans, but it’s possible the path from Thanggam LRT to Jalan Kayu will be streamlined with some form of sheltered walkway incorporated.
This will offer value to residents as it allows for better mobility.
Additionally, it is likely that the changes will also accommodate the elderly and people in wheelchairs.
New growth centres
Seletar Aerospace Park will continue to expand. In addition, Sengkang West Industrial Park will see launches in phases.
More jobs in the area are expected to be available for residents, thus allowing them to work closer to home.
This in turn lessens the distance travelled while giving residents more time to spend with their families.
Sengkang General Hospital and Community Hospital have already begun operations with more expansions expected.