In an attempt to allay growing concern over rising house prices and the lack of affordable housing in the state, the Penang government has identified several sites for low- and medium-income housing.
The first, the Jalan S P Chelliah site, is owned by the MPPP and it will probably be developed by PDC.
- Jalan S P Chelliah (2.8ha)
- Teluk Kumbar (2.4ha),
- Bukit Mertajam (4.8ha),
- Ampang Jajar (7.6ha),
- Kampung Jawa, Butterworth (4ha) and
- Juru (8ha).
The affordable housing project in Jalan S.P. Chelliah, located just on the outskirts of the city, is expected to be launched by year-end. The 2.8ha project will provide a total of 1,320 affordable housing units with prices starting from RM72,500.
Komtar assemblyman Ng Wei Aik said the project will consist of a 50-50 mix of low medium cost (LMC) and medium cost units.
He said facilities for residents will include a multi-storey car park, rooftop garden, futsal or badminton court, community hall, a kindergarten and more.
I hope when planning for these sites is carried out, adequate green spaces and access to public transport will be included.
Besides this, controls need to be imposed to curb speculative activity that appears to have driven up house prices in Penang.