Your East Coast sea view may disappear: How the Long Island reclamation could affect youjessie tan
An old plan resurfaced in a URA exhibit this June, and it’s worth paying attention to – especially if you own property anywhere along the stretch of East Coast Beach, from Changi to Marina Bay.
The conceptual “long island”, first proposed sometime in 1991, made an appearance at the long-term plan review. While still conceptual, this plan could have implications for many east-end residents if it becomes a reality:
What is the Long Island?
The Long Island was first proposed during the 1991 concept plan. The idea is to reclaim a roughly 15-kilometre stretch along East Coast Beach, to provide for housing and recreation.
Some readers may recall Long Island was mentioned again in 2019, although a lot of the plans from that year were shelved due to Covid-19. As of the present day however, there’s a strong impetus to build the island: it could provide a degree of coastal protection against rising sea levels, due to climate change.
The reclaimed stretch runs all along East Coast Parkway, up to Marina Bay. A reservoir is planned somewhere along the middle of the reclaimed stretch, with room for two barrages. There may also be a flood plain, which is good for greenery.
(A flood plain is an area deliberately designed to flood during excessive rain – it simulates the ecology of, well, a flood plain; the flooding will be temporary and build biodiversity. The current Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park incorporates this feature already).