New towns should take local attibutes and history into account: experts

Singapore will soon see a number of new towns in areas like Bidadari, Tengah and Tampines North. 

These areas were listed as possible sites in the White Paper on Population which was released on Tuesday. 

But experts say the development of these places should also take local characteristics and history into account. 

This will not only retain the town's history and uniqueness but also help create a more varied environment in Singapore. 

Observers say the challenge of building new towns is in calibrating the balance between residential space and amenities. 

The right mix, they add, will not only attract residents, it will also enable businesses to survive in the new neighbourhood.