Forested area to make way for new homes

Romesh Navaratnarajah7 Jun 2016

Sunda slow loris resize

The Sunda slow loris has been spotted in the forest near Teacher’s Estate. (Photo: David Haring / Duke Lemur Center)

A large part of a 30ha secondary forest will be cleared to make way for private homes within the Teacher’s Estate area, reported Channel NewsAsia.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) revealed that land preparation works for the new neighbourhood will start in Q3 2016, and is expected to take about five years.

Announced in the Master Plan 2014, the URA noted that the new neighbourhood forms part of plans to “rejuvenate Ang Mo Kio Town by providing Singaporeans with more housing options and convenient access to amenities”.

But before construction work can commence, a management plan will be conceived to ensure that wildlife are safely guided to the forested area in the north, or the Central Catchment Nature Reserve in the west, said the URA.

The URA added that it worked with the National Parks Board (NParks) in 2014 and 2015 “to salvage and relocate plant species that are of varying conservation status”.

In fact, it will keep two vegetated areas located near Munshi Abdullah Walk for at least five years, while some existing vegetation will be kept for a future neighbourhood park.

In a position paper released last week, the Nature Society called for the site’s phased development, and for the preservation of one of the streams and parts of the forest.

The Nature Society noted that several globally and nationally endangered animals, such as the sunda slow loris, banded leaf monkey and sunda pangolin, have been spotted there.

Aside from two streams, the area also has around 100 specimens of rare Elephant Foot’s Fern, which is classified as vulnerable by NParks.


Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories email

Jun 13, 2016
Yes. I think they are barking up the wrong tree now. Cannot imagine HDB flats selling close or more than a mio dlrs. while resale condos are getting cheaper and cheaper. No wonder many upgrade from HDB to condos. So now , which housing type is considered unaffordable?
Hwee Khoon loh
Jun 08, 2016
There are already so many new condos and unsold properties in the market with the cooling measures. Why are we still killing our nature ? Do we really see an influx of new immigrants? Or are our people already producing more children? I cannot see the logic in building more residential areas and shopping malls when we already have plenty of them. I need to be enlightened with figures in this area.

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