LKY’s house at 38 Oxley Road could be demolished

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April 9, 2018 7:37 AM SGT
In a report released on April 2, the ministerial committee on 38 Oxley Road — the home of late founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew — has laid out three options for the property, ranging from preservation to demolition and redevelopment (see table).
Source: Report of the Ministerial Committee on 38 Oxley Road
“We did not make any recommendation because no decision is required at this point in time,” says Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who chaired the committee. Lee’s daughter, Dr Lee Wei Ling, lives in the house and has said that she intends to continue to do so. Therefore, the fate of the house will have to be decided by a future government, adds Teo.
The property has a rich history, as it was Lee’s home from the mid-1940s until his death in 2015. It was also where the People’s Action Party was formed in 1954 and where meetings took place that led to the formation of the first independent government of Singapore.
Based on archival plans dated 1898, the house is one of a pair of identical bungalows built at 38 and 40 Oxley Road, says the report. The building design is of an “early style” bungalow built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The house at 38 Oxley Road is of an ‘early style’ bungalow built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
The options listed by the ministerial committee include the demolition and redevelopment of the property. If this happens, the site could be redeveloped into either a pair of bungalows, a pair of semi-detached houses or three to four terraced units, says the report.
Under this option, the area surrounding the property, which is currently zoned as a two-storey mixed Landed Housing Area, could be rezoned to Residential use at a gross plot ratio of 1.4, which can...