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Sim Ann on Housing and Development (Amendment) Bill

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Upgrading under the Revitalisation of Shops (ROS) Scheme needs 100 per cent support. A majority of merchants' associations and shop owners felt that this requirement is "too stringent". Senior Minister of State for National Development Sim Ann, who shared this finding in Parliament on Tuesday (Jan 10), pointed out that if upgrading does not proceed, the physical environment around the shop cluster may become dull over time and it may become less attractive to customers. She said a refresh of the physical environment will be a "win-win" for residents and shop operators. The Ministry of National Development wants to adjust the scheme to allow upgrading to proceed if 75 per cent of the shop owners vote in favour, she said. This is aligned to HDB’s upgrading programmes for residential flats. Ms Sim said the majority of merchants' associations engaged have expressed their support. Based on the experience with residential upgrading, this should be a fair approach that balances the preferences of stakeholders with the need to rejuvenate the heartlands, she said.

Upgrading under the Revitalisation of Shops (ROS) Scheme needs 100 per cent support. A majority of merchants' associations and shop owners felt that this requirement is "too stringent". Senior Minister of State for National Development Sim Ann, who shared this finding in Parliament on Tuesday (Jan 10), pointed out that if upgrading does not proceed, the physical environment around the shop cluster may become dull over time and it may become less attractive to customers. She said a refresh of the physical environment will be a "win-win" for residents and shop operators. The Ministry of National Development wants to adjust the scheme to allow upgrading to proceed if 75 per cent of the shop owners vote in favour, she said. This is aligned to HDB’s upgrading programmes for residential flats. Ms Sim said the majority of merchants' associations engaged have expressed their support. Based on the experience with residential upgrading, this should be a fair approach that balances the preferences of stakeholders with the need to rejuvenate the heartlands, she said.

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