HDB four-room flat sizes, 1996 to 2011

Per the Straits Times, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Wednesday that Housing and Development Board flats have not shrunk in recent years, and that flat sizes have remained unchanged for the past 15 years.

According to the ST:

A four-room flat, for instance, has remained at 90 sq m since the mid-90s, HDB figures show. HDB has also said that the amount of living space per person has risen, as the number of people in an average household has dropped.

The ST reporter, Jessica Cheam, later wrote this on her Facebook page:

A few people have asked me if it’s really true that #HDB flats have not shrunk in the past 15 years. And why it doesn’t match a previous report I wrote in Nov last year on the same issue. I’ve doublechecked with HDB and both reports are right – Minister Khaw is accurate in saying the flat size hasn’t changed in the past 15 years because the mid-90s was the last time that HDB changed flat sizes.

So, more accurately – The size of a four-room flat, for example, has been 90 sq m since the mid-90s. It was 100 sq m prior to that, and 105 sq m in the 1980s, according to HDB figures. (emphasis added)

The table given to us by HDB in the Nov report used a more generic timeframe (1980s, 1990s, 2000s) to show the sizes over the decades.

So yes, HDB flat sizes have shrunk in the past 3 decades – but it has not shrunk over the past 15 years.

It isn’t clear what type of four-room flat those figures refer to (models include: A, Simplified, Improved, Standard). They also appear to be average figures.

Compare them to the following list, which includes details of some HDB four-room flats sold in the resale market this year. The data is drawn from the HDB website, and is available here.

This list is not exhaustive (there is far more data for older flats than newer ones, as expected). I’ve also tried to provide some geographical variety for each year. It starts from 1996, although Khaw’s statement apparently covers the 1997-2011 period. For comparative purposes, I’ve only included model A flats.

Note: The existing Build-to-Order system was launched in 2001 to replace the Registration-for-Flat system. RFS was phased out in 2002. This is something to bear in mind, since construction of flats sold under the BTO system would have commenced up to four years prior to the start of the lease.

In terms of the timeframe, Khaw and the HDB may also be referring not to when the flats were completed and first sold, but when the flats were first planned and built. For example, if the HDB slashed flat sizes in 1995/6 (i.e. the mid-90s), then these smaller flats may only come to market from 1998 to 2000.

UPDATE: I should also credit Yu-Mei Balasingamchow for her blogpost on five-room HDB flat sizes, which gave me the idea to create a similar list for four-room flats.

Street Name

Storey

Floor Area (sqm)/Model

Lease start date

Jurong West St 81

06 to 10

107.00 Model A

1996

Yung Loh Rd

16 to 20

106.00 Model A

1996

Clarence Lane

01 to 05

104.00 Model A

1996

Redhill Lane

01 to 05

114.00 Model A

1996

Woodlands St 83

06 to 10

106.00 Model A

1996

Strathmore Ave

01 to 05

103.00 Model A

1997

Lompang Rd

11 to 15

101.00 Model A

1997

Hougang Ave 1

01 to 05

101.00 Model A

1997

Woodlands Circle

01 to 05

103.00 Model A

1997

Lor 7 Toa Payoh

11 to 15

106.00 Model A

1998

Gangsa Rd

01 to 05

100.00 Model A

1998

Jurong West St 61

06 to 10

100.00 Model A

1998

Hougang Ave 1

01 to 05

100.00 Model A

1998

Woodlands Circle

11 to 15

103.00 Model A

1998

Senja Rd

21 to 25

99.00 Model A

1999

Choa Chu Kang Ave 3

11 to 15

101.00 Model A

1999

Hougang St 31

06 to 10

101.00 Model A

1999

Toh Guan Rd

06 to 10

100.00 Model A

1999

Rivervale St

06 to 10

101.00 Model A

1999

Rivervale Walk

11 to 15

104.00 Model A

1999

Jurong East St 21

01 to 05

103.00 Model A

2000

Woodlands Dr 16

06 to 10

91.00 Model A

2000

Pine Cl

01 to 05

95.00 Model A

2000

Compassvale Rd

11 to 15

92.00 Model A

2000

Compassvale Dr

06 to 10

90.00 Model A

2001

Yung Sheng Rd

11 to 15

96.00 Model A

2001

Jurong West Ave 3

01 to 05

90.00 Model A

2001

Jurong West St 64

16 to 20

91.00 Model A

2001

Lengkok Bahru

16 to 20

90.00 Model A

2001

Anchorvale Rd

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2002

Cantonment Cl

01 to 05

75.00 Model A

2002

Choa Chu Kang Cres

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2002

Choa Chu Kang Dr

06 to 10

90.00 Model A

2002

Clementi Ave 3

06 to 10

86.00 Model A

2002

Lor 2 Toa Payoh

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2002

Ang Mo Kio Ave 6

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2003

Bt Batok Ctrl

16 to 20

90.00 Model A

2003

Teban Gdns Rd

16 to 20

90.00 Model A

2003

Klang Lane

11 to 15

75.00 Model A

2003

Edgedale Plains

11 to 15

85.00 Model A

2003

Woodlands Circle

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2003

Cantonment Cl

01 to 05

75.00 Model A

2003

Rivervale Cres

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2003

Farrer Pk Rd

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2004

Bt Batok West Ave 5

11 to 15

92.00 Model A

2004

Punggol Field

06 to 10

85.00 Model A

2004

Punggol Field

11 to 15

90.00 Model A

2004

Bedok Nth Rd

06 to 10

92.00 Model A

2005

Boon Tiong Rd

01 to 05

91.00 Model A

2005

Boon Tiong Rd

11 to 15

100.00 Model A

2005

Redhill Rd

21 to 25

100.00 Model A

2005

Jln Tiga

01 to 05

93.00 Model A

2005

Strathmore Ave

06 to 10

90.00 Model A

2006

Strathmore Ave

21 to 25

90.00 Model A

2006

Clementi Ave 3

06 to 10

90.00 Model A

2006

Lor 2 Toa Payoh

11 to 15

91.00 Model A

2006

Lor 2 Toa Payoh

26 to 30

86.00 Model A

2006

Eunos Cres

06 to 10

90.00 Model A

2007

Redhill Rd

01 to 05

100.00 Model A

2007

Jln Membina

06 to 10

90.00 Model A

2008

Tanglin Halt Rd

36 to 40

85.00 Model A

2008

Tanglin Halt Rd

36 to 40

90.00 Model A

2008

Jln Membina

26 to 30

85.00 Model A

2009

Toa Payoh Ctrl

16 to 20

76.00 Model A

2009

Toa Payoh Ctrl

16 to 20

91.00 Model A

2009

Fernvale Rd

11 to 15

96.00 Model A

2010

Sengkang West Ave

06 to 10

94.00 Model A

2011

~ by spiegel2071 on May 3, 2012.

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