Pasir Ris international school design tweaked after residents' objections
But some still concerned about traffic woes at Pasir Ris international school
A group of residents in Pasir Ris have lost a long-running battle to stop the Government from giving approval for a new international school close to their homes.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) informed the residents recently that the Overseas Family School (OFS) will proceed, but with a design addressing some concerns they had raised.
Some residents were concerned that the school's 12-storey buildings would loom over their homes, while others were keen to preserve a forested area.
Some were also worried that transport for its 4,800 pupils would affect traffic flow.
Timeline of events
- April 2012: Land on either side of a forest patch at the intersection of Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Elias Road is earmarked for development.
- June 2012: Residents form the Pasir Ris Greenbelt Committee to protect the 4ha patch.
- July 2012: They petition to protect the woodland.
- Aug 2012: They hold talks with their MP, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
- Oct 2012: The Ministry of National Development (MND) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) send the group a letter saying the site is to make way for a school.
- Nov 2012: The group meets DPM Teo, URA, MND and the National Parks Board.
- Dec 2012-Jan 2013: Residents are alarmed to see workers about to cut down a large tree, but MND says the tree is being felled for safety reasons.
- June 2013: The lease for the land is awarded to Overseas Family School for $28 million for 30 years.
- Sept 2013: The school pays an extra $9.1 million for intensified land use.
- Sept 19: Pasir Ris residents meet the school and URA representatives and their MP.
- Sept 29: URA sends residents a letter detailing campus plans, to mitigate concerns.