Govt cuts private housing supply from confirmed land sale sites due to Covid-19 fallout

SINGAPORE – The supply of private residential housing from confirmed sites under the government land sales (GLS) programme for the second half of 2020 has been reduced to take into account the fallout from the global Covid-19 situation, the Ministry of National Development (MND) announced on Wednesday morning (June 24).

The private home supply of 1,370 units from three confirmed list sites is 405 units or nearly 23 per cent less than the 1,775 units from such sites under the first half of 2020 GLS programme.

The confirmed list includes one executive condominium (EC) site that can yield 615 units.

Together with eight reserve list sites that can accommodate another 5,300 residential units, the total potential supply of private housing for the second half of this year comes to 6,670 units, slightly more than the 6,490 units under the GLS programme for the first half-year. 

One hotel site at River Valley Road, which can yield 530 hotel rooms, has been carried over from the first half-year GLS programme and rounds up the reserve list. 

MND noted that it has not introduced any new sites for predominantly commercial or hotel use given the the economic contraction and uncertain business outlook resulting from the pandemic.

As to residential supply, MND said it had “to calibrate the reduction carefully to avoid potential supply shortfalls over the medium to longer-term”.

“Hence we have maintained a good selection of sites with additional supply in the reserve list that developers can initiate for development if they assess that there is demand,” it said.

The authority also noted that it has provided a “moderate supply” in the confirmed list this time round, as the number of the unsold inventory of private housing units has declined by a cumulative 20 per cent between the first half of 2019 and this year.

“Together with the supply of units already in the pipeline, this will cater to the housing needs of the population when completed in about four to five years’ time,” it added.

Sites on the confirmed list will be launched in the last quarter of this year.

Each will be given a longer tender period of about six months to allow developers more time to make their assessment in view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

A total of three sites have been carried over from the previous half-year.

It includes a multi-use 78,000 sq m white site in Woodlands Avenue 2, which forms the bulk of the new commercial space on the reserve list.

Also carried over from the previous half-year is the River Valley Road hotel site and a white site in Marina View, slated for a range of uses, which can yield 905 residential units and 540 hotel rooms.

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