By Lip Kwok Wai | Posted: 18 February 2013 2007 hrs

SINGAPORE

Guillemard camp is set for redevelopment, after sitting vacant for almost ten years.

The camp has remained empty ever since the military moved out in 2003.

Currently, ownership of the land is split between the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Land Authority.

There have been plans by URA – under its Master Plan 2008 – to redevelop the 10-hectare site for housing, but a fixed date hasn’t been set.

To construct the MRT Circle Line, part of the Old Airport Road has already been closed, and cars have been passing through Guillemard Camp as a detour.

Analysts said it’s time to convert the land – which is in a prime location – especially in light of Singapore’s land shortage.

Director of Koh International, Chris Koh said: “I must say it’s a good site, centrally located, not far from the city via Nicoll Highway, and also near to the Geylang, Kallang area.

“We should use it especially now, when housing is an issue where we feel there is insufficient supply to meet the demand. Some people might ask, ‘should SAF camps be located in such prime locations?’. That will put pressure on SAF to move to the outskirts.”

– CNA/ck