As a logical expansion, residential uses may be incorporated on both the eastern and western portions of the turf club property

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Novo Place showflat

In June 5th, government made it clear that Singapore Racecourse site in Kranji must close by the end of March 2027. The 120-ha site is being utilized for housing and other development. PropNex President Ismail Gafoor says the move “reflects the flexibility in the government’s strategy for managing the use of land in Singapore which is a land that is limited, yet there are a lot of competing needs in terms of space”.

Novo Place showflat is situated at the heart of Bukit Batok Town and sits on a 12,4449.3 sq m site with a maximum Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 37,348 sq m.

The potential redevelopment plans for the vast site just beside Kranji MRT Station will likely bring new private and public residential dwellings, areas for green, commercial options and other services for the community to the Northern part of Singapore PropNex says PropNex.

The consulting firm estimates that 30,000 or more new homes are possible on the site with the plot ratio to be 2.8 and a area of 1,000 square feet. But the exact number could differ depending on the final plans for development.

Lee Sze Teck, senior director of research at Huttons Asia Lee Sze Teck, senior director of research at Huttons Asia, says that even though the 120-hectare site may be too small to qualify as a township that is a standalone however, it would extend the already established Woodlands township in HDB. He estimates that up to 30,000 homes could be built on the parcel of land.

The current master plan reveals where future residential development might be built, according to Eugene Lim, key executive officer of ERA Realty Network. “Looking at the present areas of land, as shown within the Master Plan, residential uses could be integrated on both the the western and eastern sides of the club’s turf site as a natural extension of existing residential uses,” says Lim.

The western portion of the area that runs along Turf Club Avenue might be suitable for “low-rise condos or land plots, as “there are already land-locked properties in Jalan Kasau.” Jalan Kasau,” adds Lim. The remainder of the site could be redeveloped with a mixture of sports, nature, F&B, retail, and leisure, as additional land uses that support residential use in the region.

“The transformation of Kranji as a town will help in the growth of the Woodlands Regional Centre, which is being touted as the biggest economic hub in Singapore’s northern zone,” says Gafoor, and adds that this will boost the workforce that will support the industries that are set to rise in the Woodlands, Senoko, Lim Chu Kang and Sungei Kadut.

Lee is also of the opinion the need for a catalyst required to move Woodlands ahead as a regional hub and he says that the closing to the Singapore Turf Club, founded in 1842, will provide urban planners the opportunity to consider a new strategy for positioning Woodlands to be a place of opportunity in the future.