Suburbs and sustainability: Unlocking the greyfields to inhibit urban sprawl from Peter Newton

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In the face of sus­tained pop­u­la­tion growth, our big cit­ies con­tinue to sprawl into the green­fields, des­pite the now well recog­nised prob­lems asso­ci­ated with higher infra­struc­ture costs, lack of amen­ity, car depend­ency, poor job access, dimin­ished agri­cul­ture and open space.

A model for dir­ect­ing pop­u­la­tion and invest­ment inwards — to inner city brown­field pre­cincts — was estab­lished over 20 years ago thanks to the fed­eral government’s Better Cities pro­gram. Of itself, how­ever, brown­field redevel­op­ment will fail to deliver the net addi­tions of infill hous­ing required.

The solu­tion lies in the grey­fields — those age­ing but occu­pied tracts of inner and middle ring sub­ur­bia that are phys­ic­ally, tech­no­lo­gic­ally and envir­on­ment­ally fail­ing and which rep­res­ent under-capitalised assets in The Conversation, Research Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at Swinburne University of Technology Peter Newton states that the solu­tion to the prob­lem of urban sprawl in Australia lies in inner and middle grey­fields suburbs.

Announcements by both NSW and Victorian gov­ern­ments in recent weeks that they would con­tinue to encour­age the devel­op­ment of new hous­ing on the fringes of Sydney and Melbourne revealed that urban plan­ning in Australia is yet to find a solu­tion for unlock­ing the poten­tial for hous­ing redevel­op­ment in the middle sub­urbs of the nation’s largest and fast­est grow­ing cities.

Targets of more than 60 per cent and 50 per cent of infill hous­ing for each city respect­ively, estab­lished in recent metro stra­tegic plans, are not being achieved.”

from http://​WWW​.green​ca​reers​.net​.au and

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Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison. ORCID 0000-0002-3105-2167

Pat Heslop-Harrison is Professor of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cell Biology at the University of Leicester. He is also Chief Editor of Annals of Botany.

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