The term has emerged from the typical vast areas of asphalt parking areas that accompany commercial centres with shopping centres or malls. These malls have lost their appeal after being superseded by newer, larger competitors who draw people and their custom away. This land is of value to developers as the existing pipework, electrics and other services have already been installed and can easily be reused. Smart Growth principles can be applied to greyfields to enable their sustainable redevelopment.

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