Pro-family housing policies popular and will continue next year: Khaw

Pro-family housing policies proved popular with flat buyers in the latest Housing Board flat launch, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Pro-family housing policies proved popular with flat buyers in the latest Housing Board flat launch, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - Pro-family housing policies proved popular with flat buyers in the latest Housing Board flat launches, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

In a blog post on Monday, Mr Khaw noted that during November's sales exercises, which end at midnight, response to three-generation (3Gen) flats and the enhanced Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) was warm.

"One in three (or 5,941) family applicants applied to live with or close to their parents or married children through the enhanced MCPS," he wrote, adding that the policies will continue next year.

The enhanced scheme, announced last month, gives greater priority to parents and married children who apply to live with or near each other by setting aside up to 30 per cent of new flats for them. It kicked in with the latest flat launches last week.

Mr Khaw also said 123 multi-generation families applied for the 56 units of 3Gen flats at Tampines GreenRidges - the first housing project in the upcoming Tampines North district.

This is also the first time 3Gen flats are offered in a mature estate. The flat supply there, which also includes three- to five-room flats, was over-subscribed by more than 1.3 times, he added.

These pro-family initiatives were rolled out in response to public feedback received at the Ministry of National Development's (MND) Housing Conversations in June. Mr Khaw said the MND will do even more to help extended families live close by next year.

Another 360 3Gen flats will be launched next year, including 150 units in Tampines, he wrote.

Some 1,200 new flats will also be put up for sale in Tampines North, with priority given to those whose parents or married children are already living in Tampines.

Additionally, the first Build-To-Order project in Bidadari, with over 2,200 units, will be launched, said Mr Khaw.

He added that parents or married children currently living in Toa Payoh, the town Bidadari falls under, will get special priority under the MCPS for the project.

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