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Sembawang is a planning area and residential town in the North Region of Singapore. It has a land area of approximately 12.34 km2, and ranks 21st, 23rd and 25th in terms of size, population and density respectively. Sembawang planning area is situated west of Simpang, north of Mandai, northwest of Yishun and east of Woodlands.

The planning area is made up of 9 subzones, namely Sembawang East, Admiralty, The Wharves, Sembawang Central, Senoko North, Senoko South, Sembawang North, Sembawang Springs and Sembawang Straits.

Planning and construction

The planning of Sembawang New Town was first mentioned in the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Planning Report for Sembawang (1996). This Development Guide Plan, with the aid of zoning maps, highlights the various land zoning proposals, which eventually led to the creation of Sembawang New Town. This provides an interesting perspective to the development of the town. The Sembawang Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station serves as the central hub, around which residential, commercial as well as industrial zones mushroomed.

Public housing

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats in the Sembawang Planning Area have been split among three divisions, each of which is represented by a Member of Parliament. The North West Community Development Council (CDC) is the local administration, initiating, planning and managing community programmes to promote community bonding and social cohesion.

Current and future development

In the Draft 2003 Master Plan, a Sembawang Activity Corridor was proposed. Plans are in place to develop an activity corridor stretching from the Sembawang Town Centre to the Jalan Legundi area. Mentioned in the Plan was the development of the Sembawang Bus Interchange next to Sun Plaza, as well as a Sembawang Sports Complex at the junction of Sembawang Road / Canberra Road / Sembawang Avenue. Park connectors linking Sembawang MRT Station and Woodlands MRT Station are in the work, as well as a new park connector along Sungei Simpang Kiri from Yishun Avenue 2 to Sembawang Road, bringing people to the lively Sembawang Activity Corridor. A new Community Centre for Sembawang residents will be co-located with the existing Sembawang Neighbourhood Police Centre at Sembawang Drive.

Notable Structures


  • Canberra Primary School
  • Canberra Secondary School
  • CerealTech School of Baking Technology
  • Endeavour Primary School
  • Northoak Secondary School
  • Sembawang Primary School
  • Sembawang Secondary School
  • Wellington Primary School



Shopping Centres/Malls

  • Sembawang Shopping Mall
  • Sun Plaza


  • Canberra Park
  • Montreal Green
  • Sembawang Park

Main Sports Facilities

  • Water - Venture Sembawang

Bus Interchange

Sembawang Interchange

Service Destination Notes
117 Punggol N/A
167 Bukit Merah
167e Shenton Way Express Service
859 ↺ Yishun N/A
859A ↺ Admiralty Link
882 ↺ Sembawang Road
883 ↺ Yishun Central 2
883M ↺ Yishun Avenue 2 Sundays & Public Holidays
980 Lorong 1 Geylang N/A
981 Senoko Loop Weekdays AM Peak


Incumbent Role
North West CDC
Teo Ho Pin Mayor of North West CDC
Sembawang GRC
Khaw Boon Wan Member of Parliament for Sembawang
Lim Wee Kiak Member of Parliament for Canberra
Ong Ye Kung Member of Parliament for Gambas


Planning Areas ViewTalkEdit
Central BishanBukit MerahBukit TimahDowntown Core1GeylangKallangMarina East1Marina South1Marine ParadeMuseum1Newton1NovenaOrchard1Outram1QueenstownRiver Valley1Rochor1Singapore River1Southern IslandsStraits View1TanglinToa Payoh
East BedokChangiChangi BayPasir RisPaya LebarTampines
North Central Water CatchmentLim Chu KangMandaiSembawangSimpangSungei KadutWoodlandsYishun
North-East Ang Mo KioHougangNorth-Eastern IslandsPunggolSeletarSengkangSerangoon
West Boon LayBukit BatokBukit PanjangChoa Chu KangClementiJurong EastJurong WestPioneerTengahTuasWestern IslandsWestern Water Catchment
1: Located within the Central Area