Reason for 75% support for Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

The Housing Board’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) improves the living environment of 2 or more bordering areas, nevertheless before the enhancement works can start, it requires the support of no less than 75% of the areas’ residents, stated the Ministry of National Development (MND) in a legislative meeting on October 3 (Tuesday).

This level of sustenance offers certainty that the projected developments cater the needs of most residents. It also endorses a sense of tenancy for the anticipated advancement works and care for the residents’ sense of belonging to their society.

This is MND’s response to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hougang, Png Eng Huat’s question on the rationale for demanding 3 quarters of the residents to approve the development works although the NRP is completely sponsored by the government.

He also questioned either the ministry will contemplate location a timeline for calling bids for NRP works in an area after it has been broadcasted.

The ministry mentioned that the timeline for calling such bids is in a period of 12 months from the statement, and this has been interconnected to the entire town councils. As per attainable, these authorities ought to accelerate the NRP process where probable.

“In practice, nevertheless, the time reserved differs from one plan to another, and possibly will not fall within the suggested timeline. Issues that could move the calling of bid consist of the complexity and size of the project, discussion processes accepted by town councils, and level of response and opinions received from the residents,” it added.

Presented in August 2007, NRP emphases on block and area developments, and residents can suggest upgrades.

To meet the requirements for this program, housing blocks should be constructed until 1995 and have not sustained the Interim Upgrading Programme (IUP), Main Upgrading Programme (MUP) and IUP Plus.