Australia: Melbourne's Urban Consolidation Essay

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Urban consolidation refers to a diverse set of policies intended to make more efficient use of the existing urbanised areas instead of developing non-urbanised land, thus limiting urban sprawl. The recent publication of the Melbourne 2030 plan indicates that Melbourne is adopting an urban consolidated direction for further development. This has raised many debates over whether it is the right plan. There are two sides to this complex argument. People in favorite suggests that urban consolidation offers a range of solutions to pressing urban problems socially and environmentally, for example it reduces car use and provide better access to facilities, whilst the other point of view argues that urban consolidation has its limits in terms of …show more content…
We have already seen increase prices for properties in the inner city. As the prices continue to rise, this will make houses less and less affordable. Bernard Salt (2001), declare that this revival will only last another 10 to 15 years, after that the market demand will fade. More important even if the trend doesn’t change, it will mean that more high-medium density dwelling needs to be constructed to satisfy the demand. Consequently, this will threatens the available green space in the metropolitan area.

Urban consolidation reduces the amount of green space within the inner area. By concentrating substantial amount of population into one area, it means most of the available land will need to be converted to housing units. For example, in a city like Sydney, where it has adopted urban consolidation clearly verified had the inner city areas have inadequate local open spaces. Sydney has 1.66 ha of open space per 1,000 people compared to the standard in the NSW planning act of 2.83 ha per 1,000. (Leichhardt Council, as cited in Searle, 2003) This evidently shows that there is an absence of open spaces. This is undesirable, both socially and environmentally. The lack of green space will force people to spend more time in their apartments. Stretton and Orchard (1994) illustrates a clear picture of people’s lives in blocks of apartments “…passively watching television most of the time because there is no garden or shed or games room, there are bans on
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