Private housing supply from H1 2020 GLS holds steady: MND

The government is keeping the supply of private residential units mostly unchanged for the first-half 2020 Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme, the Ministry of National Development (MND) said on Tuesday morning.

This comes as the government has decided to keep the supply of private residential units on the confirmed list for the H1 2020 GLS “broadly similar” to that for the H2 2019 GLS programme.

MND said the supply of private housing units in the pipeline “remains high” at around 39,000 units currently despite declining progressively over the past few quarters.

While demand for private housing units increased in the past two quarters, overall transaction volume remained modest relative to the period leading up to the introduction of the property marketing cooling measures in July 2018.

MND added that developers’ demand for residential land remains moderate, with continued bidding interest for GLS tenders.

The H1 2020 GLS Programme comprises three confirmed list sites and eight reserve list sites.

These sites can yield about 6,490 private residential units, 114,000 square metres (sq m) of gross floor area (GFA) of commercial space and 1,070 hotel rooms.

The private housing supply works out to be 0.9 per cent lower than the 6,430 private residential units – including 1,195 executive condominium (EC) units – in the confirmed and reserved lists of the current H2 2019 slate.

The confirmed list for the H1 2020 GLS comprises two private residential sites (including one EC site) and one commercial and residential site.

These sites can yield about 1,775 private residential units (including 600 EC units) and 22,000 sq m GFA of commercial space.

The private residential sites are located at Yishun Avenue 9 (EC site) and Tanah Merah Kechil Link; while the commercial and residential site is located at Jalan Anak Bukit.

On MND’s reserved list are four private residential sites (including one EC), three white sites and one hotel site.

These sites are able to yield around 4,715 private residential units (including 595 EC units), 92,000 sq m GFA of commercial space and 1,070 hotel rooms.

The four private residential sites are located at Dairy Farm Walk, Dunman Road, Hillview Rise and Tampines Street 62 (EC site). The three white sites are at Marina View, Woodlands Avenue 2 and Kampong Bugis. The hotel site is located at River Valley Road.

These sites were carried over to the H1 2020 GLS programme and were previously on the H2 2019 reserve list.

A site on the reserve list is triggered for launch if a developer’s indicated minimum price in its application is acceptable to the government. This is as opposed to confirmed list sites which are launched according to schedule, regardless of demand.

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