Seletar New Life Transformation
Seletar was once a farming swamp. Today, one can noticed the big transformation that had taken place in Seletar over the years. Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) plans for Seletar’s as the fourth regional centre in Singapore for future developments is taking shape today. After Woodlands, Jurong and Tampines. Seletar is now the new regional center that will boasts more job opportunities in the North.
The industrial parks in Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) and Defu Industrial Park looks bright to create more buzz and an additional 10,000 jobs, many of which will be career opportunities for highly-skilled employees.
Seletar has been earmarked as the Aviation Hub in the North to free out space at the Changi Airport for larger planes for international flights. The Government’s plan is to reinforce Singapore’s position as an international air hub. With the completion of Terminal 5, it will help to bring more business travelers and tourists to Singapore.
The new Seletar Airport will be slated for opening in December, 2018. The new facility – six times bigger than the current terminal – is designed to handle up to 700,000 passengers a year. It was also plan to transfer all turboprop flights to Seletar when the new terminal opens. In the pipeline, more operators willbe able to have new services linking Singapore to more destinations in Peninsular Malaysia and neighboring Sumatra.
The new Aerospace Park. which housed largely chartered jets. It is also used for training purposes, accommodating the Republic of Singapore Flying Club, Seletar Flying Club, Singapore Youth Flying Club as well as the Singapore Flying College. Some of the anchored list of tenants are reputable companies such as Europcoter, Rolls-Royce Group and ST Aerospace.
But apart from aviation and nature, Seletar’s development as a residential estate has come a long way. Tong Eng Group and Bukit Sembawang are known to be the two largest landbank owners in Seletar Hils Estate. Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s both developers have acquired thousands acres of rubber plantations. After the World War II, these plantations were developed into land for housing. Over the five decades, many private landed housing projects were developed and transformed Seletar Hills Estate as a resort-like modern conventional landed housing sought after by many who enjoyed spacious landed living at affordable prices.
The North-South Expressway—originally conceived as a 21.5km expressway to connect towns in the North to the city centre