True to form, Victorian Libs to increase urban sprawl
Owners of urban fringe land in Melbourne are licking their chops at the change of government given Ted Baillieu’s commitment to increase urban sprawl, releasing more land on Melbourne’s fringe. Melbourne already has a low rate of urban consolidation with 50 per cent of new housing starts on the fringe compared with 30 per cent in Sydney where good planning has resulted in more infill development along transport corridors and near existing infrastructure.
Expect the same from Barry O’Farrell in NSW given his commitment to hand planning powers back to local councils, an action that will result in an immediate reduction in urban consolidation and more urban sprawl. That is, an inefficient use of land.