To make way for a new neighbourhood within the Teacher's Estate area, a large portion of 30ha secondary forest has been marked for clearing.
According to Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), land preparation works are due to start in third quarter of 2016. The area, bound by Yio Chu Kang Road, Munshi Abdullah Avenue, Upper Thomson Road and Tagore Road will comprise different type of private homes and will be developed for the next 10 to 15 years.
To make sure that wildlife are securely guided to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve in the west area, or the forested area in the north, a management plan will be conceived before construction work can commence, URA said.
The salvage and relocation of plant species that are of varying conservation status has been worked with the National Parks Board (NParks) in year 2014 up to 2015, URA added.
The Nature Society has already released a position paper called for the phased development of site, as well as conservation of one of the streams and portions of the forest.