Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search

Upgrades tipped as Phuket mulls new town planning rules

Upgrades tipped as Phuket mulls new town planning rules

BANGKOK: Phuket is likely to see a wide range of infrastructure upgrades and development as the government is stepping up its efforts to turn the island into Asia’s hub for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (Mice), according to Thapana Boonyapravit, president of the Thai Association for Town Planning.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 4 June 2019, 08:28AM

Downtown Phuket. Photo: Achadtaya Chuennirun / Bangkok Post

Downtown Phuket. Photo: Achadtaya Chuennirun / Bangkok Post

The boom is made possible by the new town planning blueprint that will better regulate land use and infrastructure development in the world-renowned tourist destination.

“The town planning draft has been put up for public hearings twice – once at the beginning of the year, and most recently in May,” he said. “It received extensive feedback from the public.”

The draft has yet to be finalised, as the Interior Ministry is required to hold more hearings and reviews in order to ensure that the master plan meets the needs of the people and businesses and does not adversely impact the environment.

It has been reported that the Department of Town Planning under the Interior Ministry still has concerns about the impact of further development on the island to the coastal ecosystem, as the new town plan allows for the construction of high-rises along the coast of Phuket. According to the draft, developers will be allowed to build buildings of up to 15-storeys along the coast, and 25-storeys in the inner parts of the island.

Despite the concerns, Mr Thapana said that the new town plan can attract at least B300 billion in investment.

The first major development will be carried out in Patong municipality, where the government is planning to spend B1bn on constructing four convention centres with a maximum capacity of 3,000 people each.

“In the next five years, a Mice district will be constructed near Patong Beach, where all roads will be designed to be pedestrian-friendly,” he said. “The roads leading to Phuket airport will be upgraded, and the number of public buses will be increased.”

Phuket’s “second airport” (currently planned to be built in Phang Nga province) will be built at a cost of B70bn, and a B40bn will be built to connect the existing airport to downtown Phuket. Another B280bn will be spent to build 70,000 residential units.

“This will help spur Phuket’s economy and drive up the price of land by two to three times,” he said.


Read original story here.


Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


Be the first to comment.


Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Missing Brit found safe

I not understand why they not just let mr Peter pay for medical care + repair motorbike of the other...(Read More)

Missing Brit found safe

..The drunk Brit in this case deserves his punishment. I don't feel sorry for him !...(Read More)

Missing Brit found safe

"We never read that Thai,involved in same traffic accidents..." Kurt,you want the PN to w...(Read More)

Deputy AG who dropped Red Bull case quits

Well , we all know. What a good life he will have now. He did the right thing and resigned. How gr...(Read More)

Ex-policeman faces action for departure gate outburst

So,our fighter for justice Kurt thinks that drunk driving and injuring another person is less seriou...(Read More)

Deputy AG who dropped Red Bull case quits

I guess resignation means no potential charges of negligence. With just over 6 weeks to go to his re...(Read More)

Deputy AG who dropped Red Bull case quits

I hope the people won't stop pressing this issue just because this loser decided to "opt ou...(Read More)

Ex-policeman faces action for departure gate outburst

I find this explosion of uncontrolled violence of a ex Major RTP officer at boarding counter airport...(Read More)

Outbreak ‘likely’ if public drops guard

No need for the use of the word 'PANIC' by government officials. Thai middle- and lover clas...(Read More)

Outbreak ‘likely’ if public drops guard

So far Thai Covid-19 handling is 'success story' (if true). In many other countries are infe...(Read More)