The Lease Term starts on the date where site possession has been granted to the Successful Tenderer. Site possession shall be granted to the Successful Tenderer upon receipt of the full payment of the fixed sale price, prevailing GST payable on the fixed sale price, cadastral survey cost and other costs, e.g. stamp duty, and alienation processing fee. The exact date shall be stated in the Letter of Possession.
Q39.Can I change my land use half way through my lease?
No change of land use is allowed. Land is tendered for the specific use (i.e. Vegetable Farming) and Successful Tenderers are required to adhere to their Tender Proposal during the Lease Term.
Q40.What is the Project Completion Period?
The Project Completion Period (“PCP”) means the period of 24 months commencing from the Date of Tender Acceptance for the construction and the obtaining of Temporary Occupation Permit (“TOP”) or Permits for the whole of the Development.
Q41.Is Extension Premium applicable to the sites?
Successful Tenderers who cannot meet the PCP and need more time to complete the Development will need to apply to SFA for an extension of the PCP. Any extension given may be subjected to an Extension Premium based on the following schedule of rates:
Q42.Can I carry out development of the farm in phases and obtain TOP only for the 1st phase of development within the PCP? Subsequent phases will be developed only when production stability is achieved and when market demand increases. [Updated - 17/10/17]
All requests to develop the farm in phases (“Phased Development”) will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into account the farm’s development plans and development timeline. SFA shall be at liberty to impose any terms and conditions including the payment of an extension premium based on the farm’s development plans and development timeline.
The requirement for the Successful Tenderer to achieve the Potential Production Output within five years of the Date of Tender Acceptance, and maintain or exceed the Potential Production Output throughout the remaining Lease Term will still apply for Phased Developments. If the Successful Tenderer fails to achieve the Potential Production Output, SFA shall be entitled to re-enter the land and resume possession of the Land without refund of Land Premium or compensation of any kind.
Q43.How do I apply for a farm licence? Do I have to apply for a farm license before putting in a tender?
The Successful Tenderer is required to obtain at his own expense a licence from SFA to keep and maintain a farm in accordance with the Control of Plants (Cultivation of Plants) (Licensing and Certification) Rules within 1 month from the date of issue of TOP or Permits for the whole of the Development or such other time as may be required by SFA. Information on the application of a farm licence can be found on our website.
Q44.If I were to exit the business, can I transfer or sell the farm land and farm license?
Any transfer or sale will be subject to SFA’s consent, which may be given or withheld at SFA’s absolute discretion. In giving consent for any transfer or sale, SFA reserves the right to impose any terms and conditions as it shall at its entire and unfettered discretion deem fit and which terms and conditions may include the levy of a fee.
Q45.Is subletting allowed?
SFA will not consider subletting the Land in its vacant or undeveloped state, and at any time prior to the date of issue of TOP or Permits for the whole of the Development. After TOP or Permits for the whole of the Development has been obtained and throughout the remaining Lease Term, no subletting is allowed without the prior written consent of SFA, which may be given or withheld at SFA’s absolute discretion.
Q46.Can I have a visitor centre and retail outlets? [Updated - 5/9/17]
Land is tendered for specific use (i.e. Vegetable Farming). The value of the land is thus fixed for Vegetable Farming. The allowable ancillary uses are Workers’ Quarters, Office and Carpark (refer to Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender). Any proposal for other ancillary uses is subject to the approval of SFA and the relevant authorities.
Visitor centre and retail outlets are considered as ancillary use, and are subject to the approval of SFA and the relevant authorities. The Successful Tenderer shall comply with URA’s guidelines which allow supporting visitor amenities as an ancillary use on farms (see table below). Development Charge/Differential Premium/additional land premium, where payable, will be levied for these visitor amenities. SFA’s endorsement and planning approval by URA is required.
The total outdoor and indoor floor areas for all ancillary uses on each Land Parcel shall not exceed the areas listed in Appendix F of the Conditions of Tender (Appendix F - Condition 2.1).
Q47.Is the soil on the new sites suitable for Vegetable Farming?
SFA has conducted chemical, physical and microbial analyses on the top 20cm of the soil. The report can be found in here.
Q48.What was the land previously used as? What is the soil condition of the backfill like? [Updated - 25/9/17]
The area was forested before clearance for infrastructure works took place. The backfill material is primarily clay soil and may contain some construction materials such as gravel stones and broken bricks. The description of soil characteristics can be found in the Technical Information Booklet.
Q49.Can we construct wells to
extract groundwater or ponds to collect rainwater, and would wells/ponds
be considered as part of the Production Area? [Updated - 5/9/17]
Well construction is not allowed,
as PUB does not allow groundwater extraction on the Land. This includes
the digging of deep earthen ponds and allowing natural infiltration of
groundwater. Ponds lined with impermeable materials such as rubber
pond-liner or concrete are allowed. Linings will improve the impoundment
of water and facilitate farms in the maintenance of ponds. Ponds will be considered as part of the Production Area.
Refer to Appendix F of the Conditions of Tender (Appendix F - Condition 3.2.6 and Condition 3.2.7) for requirements on
Water storage and irrigation ponds & Appendix A of the Conditions of
Tender for production and production-related uses.
Q50.Is there a size limit to the packaging/processing centre that I can build on the farm? What is the meaning of 30m AMSL? [Updated - 5/9/17]
All developments within the site are subjected to the building height control of 30m above mean sea level ("AMSL"), as well as requirements and approvals by the relevant authorities. If the packaging/processing centre is assessed by the relevant authorities to be ancillary in nature, there is a Maximum Floor Area limit on the ancillary uses (refer to Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender for allowable production and production-related uses, and Maximum Floor Area for ancillary uses for each Land Parcel).
30m AMSL refers to a maximum building height of 30m above mean sea level, this is a standard industry technical requirement. A professional architect or Qualified Person hired to design the development would be able to advise Tenderers on this requirement.
Q51.What is the topology of the sites? [Updated - 25/9/17]
We have attached a Spot Level Plan that indicates the Reduced Level (“RL”) on the sites. Successful Tenderers are advised to carry out their own survey of the sites prior to construction works.
Q52.What measures will SFA undertake to ensure that buildings constructed on one plot will not block the natural light for adjoining plots? [Updated - 5/9/17]
Such considerations will be factored in during the tender evaluation process. Tenderers could be called for clarification interviews to gather information on building construction and requirements for natural light.
Q53.Are there plans to develop the land between Neo Tiew Lane 3 and Turut Track (i.e. the plot of land with black fencing)? The elevation of the land is higher than that of the plots in this tender. Would the plots in this tender become affected by downwind and blockage of natural light? [Updated - 5/9/17]
The land is slated for development by NParks. Tenderers are encouraged to assess the site conditions and tender documents thoroughly before tender submission.
Q54.With high-tech and indoor farming systems, would there be more stringent requirements with respect to fire safety? [Updated - 5/9/17]
Tenderers are advised to consult SCDF on its requirements for their developments. Every development is unique and technical agencies, including SCDF, have advised that Successful Tenderers should approach them directly with their development plans.
Q55.Can the requirement on minimum Production Area be waived for a multi-storey farm where the total floor area within the building has met the requirement? In such a scenario, can the remaining land be left vacant or be used for vehicle driveways? [Updated - 25/9/17]
For multi-storey farms where the total floor area within the building has met the minimum Production Area, requests to waive the requirement on minimum Production Area will be assessed on a case by case basis. The requirement to comply with the cap on Floor Area for ancillary uses, as stipulated in Appendix A of the Conditions of Tender must still be met. Generally, vehicle driveways to serve production or production-related purposes will contribute towards the minimum Production Area.
Q56.There are requirements from various technical agencies in this tender (i.e. PUB/NEA/SCDF/etc), can we have information on who to contact for further details on these requirements? [Updated - 5/9/17]
The contact persons for the various technical agencies are listed in the Tender Documents – Conditions and Requirements of Relevant Authorities/Public Utility Licensees (For Tenderers’ information only).
Q57.What are the infrastructures and services already provided for and what does the Successful Tenderer need to set up? [Updated - 5/9/17]
PUB is implementing a sewerage system to serve Lim Chu Kang which is estimated to be completed by end 2020. Before the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to use holding tanks (subject to approval from PUB) to handle used water generated at the site. The holding tanks shall be constructed at the Successful Tenderer’s own cost. Upon the completion of the sewerage system, the Successful Tenderer will be required to divert the used water discharged from the Land into the public sewer. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of the flow diversion including the construction of internal drain lines, sewers and other sewerage facilities necessary to effect the flow diversion. The Successful Tenderer shall also demolish all the disused sewerage facilities and holding tanks after the flow diversion.
Water supply pipelines are available in the vicinity of the Land. Tenderers are advised to contact PUB for details on the location of water supply pipelines. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the pipes and other facilities necessary for the connection.
There is 200A of power available from the 22kV electrical substations ("ESS") in the vicinity of the Land. If the farm operation requires power supply of more than 200A, the Successful Tenderer shall consult SP PowerGrid. If the farm operation requires power supply of more than 400A, the Successful Tenderer shall construct their own 22kV/LV ESS as part of their farm development within their Land Parcel. The Successful Tenderer shall bear the cost of connection fees, including the cables and other facilities necessary for the connection.
There are no existing gas mains in the vicinity of the Land.
Q58.Can sea water be drawn to be used in the farm? [Updated - 25/9/17]
The sites do not have direct access to sea water. Tenderers are advised to consult the relevant authorities such as PUB with regards to matters regarding water supply.
Q59.Regarding the additional building setback requirements for LCK 218 - Are greenhouse structures allowed within the 15m building setback? Are internal access roads and fire engine access roads allowed within the 15m building setback? Is there a list on the tree species to be planted within the 15m building setback? Is vegetable farming allowed within the 15m building setback? [Updated - 17/10/17]
No structures (including greenhouse structures) are allowed to be built within the 15m building setback.
Internal access roads and fire engine access roads can be sited within the 15m building setback. However, approval for the actual dimensions and layout will have to be obtained at the Development Control stage (i.e. after the award of tender), following consultations with URA and NParks.
The Successful Tenderer shall propose suitable tree species and planting schemes for the tree planting strip within the 15m building setback to NParks at the Development Control stage for their approval. NParks does not prescribe the species of trees to be planted within the 15m building setback. As a broad guideline, the Successful Tenderer shall plant trees that are native, and with a minimum height of 5m (when fully grown) within the 15m building setback.
No vegetable farming is allowed within the URA and NParks Buffer (refer to “URA and NParks Buffer Requirement” indicated in the Control Plan). Vegetable farming is allowed beyond the URA and NParks Buffer and within the 15m building setback.
Q60.Can the location of vehicle ingress/egress as shown in the Control Plan be relocated to another place? [Updated - 25/9/17]
The locations of vehicle ingress/egress was planned with consideration of the traffic arrangements of the surrounding Land Parcels, and the Successful Tenderer shall take access from the designated ingress/egress location as indicated in the Control Plan. Prior approval from LTA is required for any deviation from the designated ingress/egress locations.
Q61.It is mentioned in the Conditions and Requirements of Relevant Authorities/Public Utility Licensees (For Tenderers’ information only) under PUBLIC UTILITIES BOARD’S (PUB) REQUIREMENTS - Condition 11.2.2e, that composting activities (if any) shall be carried out using proper composting facilities in roofed and curbed areas. Does PUB has any specific requirement on composting facilities? [Updated - 19/10/17]
To prevent potential leaching of waste/feedstock into the ground and entering the storm drain, all farms shall ensure that both feedstock and compost be stored in and composting activities be carried out in roofed and curbed areas with impervious flooring, such as concrete flooring. The compost quality shall comply with Class B Standard in Singapore Standard SS 628 : 2017 ‘Specification for Compost Used in Agriculture and Horticulture’.