Be prepared for more congestion in already congested Batu Ferringhi if this project goes through. And that’s just for starters.
The state government says the state needs higher density so that more affordable housing can be built. But what is behind this highly misleading term “affordable housing”.
The reality is that developers are being exempted from the 30 per cent quota of building low-cost and low-medium cost housing if they build this so-called “affordable housing”.
The state’s definition of affordable housing is RM200000 for a 750 sq ft home, RM300000 for an 850 sq ft home, and RM400000 for a 900 sq ft home.
So we need to ask, affordable for whom? What about those with a household income of say RM2000 and with a family to feed? Can they afford this “affordable housing”?
The other question we need to ask is, on what authority is the state government allowing higher densities when densities are clearly stipulated in the Penang Structure Plan 2005-2020?
Meanwhile, the more detailed Penang Island Local Plan is conveniently missing in action (approved in 2008 but never put up for public display/feedback or gazetted. Top secret, except to a privileged few, you see).
In the Penang Structure Plan, Batu Ferringhi is regarded as a secondary development corridor. So why are higher densities being approved?
Tanjung Bunga too, though someone then changed the illustration in the Structure Plan for the area to show it a primary development corridor when the text still says it is a secondary corridor.
You also wonder how the Batu Ferringhi road is going to cope with all the added traffic.
Good luck, Penangites. You will need it.
Meanwhile, if you are free, why not hop over to the ongoing Penang International Property Expo 2015 to find out what other ‘wonders’ await us.