THE first build-to-order (BTO) project in Bidadari will be launched next year with more than 2,200 units, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said in a blog post on Monday. This comes as the Ministry of National Development (MND) works towards having more extended families living near one another.
Mr Khaw wrote: “Our housing policies will continue to support strong family formation. Next year, as we celebrate SG50, MND will do even more to help extended families live close by. We will launch another 360 three-generation (3Gen) flats, including 150 units in Tampines. We will launch another 1,200 new flats in Tampines North, again giving priority to those whose parents or married children are already living in Tampines.”
Meanwhile, parents or married children now living in Toa Payoh will get special priority for the Bidadari project under the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS). In his blog post, Mr Khaw noted that during this month’s BTO exercise, which closed on Monday evening, response to the enhanced MCPS and the 3Gen flats was very positive.
One in three family applicants – or 5,941 – applied to live with or near their parents or married children through the enhanced MCPS. In addition, 123 multi-generation families applied for the 56 units of 3Gen flats in Tampines GreenRidges.
MND scored some firsts in this month’s BTO exercise: It was for the first housing project in Tampines North. The 56 3Gen flats marked the first time such flats were released in a mature estate. Finally, through the enhanced MCPS, quotas were applied to give greater priority for married children and their parents to live together or near each other.