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Singapore Property News

Landscape replacement policy for buildings to include vertical greens

SINGAPORE'S greenery landscape replacement policy for buildings - under which property developers must replace greenery lost from a site due to development with greenery in other areas within the development - will be enhanced to allow vertical greenery, inaccessible green roofs and rooftop urban farms as additional landscape replacement options.

Posted on 09-Nov-2017

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Landscape replacement policy for buildings to include vertical greens

SINGAPORE'S greenery landscape replacement policy for buildings - under which property developers must replace greenery lost from a site due to development with greenery in other areas within the development - will be enhanced to allow vertical greenery, inaccessible green roofs and rooftop urban farms as additional landscape replacement options.

Desmond Lee, Second Minister for National Development, announced this at the opening ceremony of GreenUrbanScape Asia on Thursday.

Under the LUSH (Landscaping for Urban Spaces and High-Rises) programme kickstarted in 2009, developers can provide these replacement areas on the ground, rooftops or mid-level sky terraces. Greenery can be in the form of landscaping, roof gardens, sky terraces or planter boxes.

In 2014, the programme added new requirements for non-landed private homes as well as commercial, mixed-use and hotel developments that are located in certain areas to specifically target the provision of communal greenery.

The programme will now be expanded such that vertical greenery and inaccessible green roofs will now be counted towards fulfilling the landscape replacement requirements, up to a cap of 10 per cent of site area. This is in addition to the horizontal and communally accessible spaces with greenery that currently qualify.

In addition, rooftop urban farms can also be counted towards fulfilling the landscape replacement requirement. Up to 10 per cent of the hardscape area can be provided in the form of rooftop urban farms. The farms will be allowed on temporary permission and counted as gross floor area.

"Bringing farms into high density areas and developments can help to support space provision and generate more interest for local farming," the Urban Redevelopment Authority said.

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