Prefabricated solutions required for greyfields development

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

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

A model for directing investment and population inwards – to inner city brownfields – was established about 20 years ago thanks to the Better Cities program of federal government. Of itself, however, redevelopment of underused or abandoned commercial and industrial facilities will fail to deliver the net additions of infill planned housing.