Pro-family housing to be enhanced

Pro-family housing policies have proved popular with flat buyers in the latest Housing Board flat launches.

In a blog post yesterday, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said that during the November sales exercises, there was a warm response to three-generation flats and the enhanced Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS).

"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 three-generation flats at Tampines GreenRidges, the first housing project in the upcoming Tampines North district.

This is also the first time such 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.

Mr Khaw said his ministry will do even more to help extended families live in the same area by next year.

Another 360 three-generation flats will be launched next year, including 150 units in Tampines. 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.