Key role for ur­ban in­fill

Blend with green­fields sites, writes Ben Hyde

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UR­BAN in­fill must go hand-in­hand with green­fields hous­ing es­tates on the city fringe to en­sure Ade­laide reaches its de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial and stays affordable, an in­dus­try ex­pert says.

Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute of Aus­tralia SA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Terry Walsh says Ade­laide is brim­ming with de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial over the next 30 years, if it is planned prop­erly.

‘‘In Ade­laide, be­cause we are start­ing from a rea­son­ably sparse city, we can plan our de­vel­op­ment and keep mov­ing for­ward,’’ he says.

‘‘We, as an in­dus­try, be­lieve you need green­fields on the sub­ur­ban fringe be­ing de­vel­oped in a planned way while cre­at­ing a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple strive to live, and can live, in the city,’’ he says.

‘‘There are many clear ex­am­ples in New South Wales and Queens­land where gov­ern­ments took the po­si­tion where they weren’t go­ing to ex­tend out and the lessons are painstak­ing.

‘‘I think we have to do both ur­ban in­fill and sub­ur­ban fringe de­vel­op­ments.’’

Mr Walsh says a fail­ure to de­velop on the sub­ur­ban fringe would af­fect af­ford­abil­ity.

He also says ur­ban in­fill needs to be done in a struc­tured way, in­cor­po­rat­ing trans­port and re­tail hubs. ‘‘We want peo­ple to as­pire to move to the city for all the ben­e­fits,’’ he says.

‘‘St Clair is a great ex­am­ple. It’s 10 min­utes to the city, you can drive to your spot or you use pub­lic trans­port and in­creas­ingly the res­i­dents will be able to walk along Woodville Rd and have a lit­tle mecca of shops and a nice com­mu­nity feel.’’

Mr Walsh says the for­mer Clip­sal site at Bow­den has the po­ten­tial to be a de­sir­able in­ner­metropoli­tan de­vel­op­ment site and the city cen­tre still has sub­stan­tial de­vel­op­ment up­side.

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