Big build­ing year pre­dicted

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A bumper build­ing year has been fore­cast for Auck­land this year.

Mayor Len Brown says he is ex­pect­ing ap­provals for about 7000 new homes in Auck­land dur­ing the 2013-2014 year.

Less than 6400 build­ing con­sents were granted in Auck­land last year.

‘‘It’s clear that we are en­ter­ing a growth phase for Auck­land home build­ing. Over the next few years Auck­lan­ders will see a lot more build­ing ac­tiv­ity across the re­gion, with a good mix of apart­ments, ter­raced houses and stand­alone houses,’’ he says.

The num­ber of houses con­structed in Auck­land dipped sharply in 2009 with only 3500 con­sents granted. The most re­cent peak of ac­tiv­ity was the more than 12,000 build­ing con­sents granted in 2004.

‘‘This boost in res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion has been helped by strong eco­nomic growth, greater cer­tainty for de­vel­op­ers and im­prove­ments to the coun­cil’s con­sent­ing pro­cesses.’’

The Auck­land Hous­ing Ac­cord will al­low 39,000 new sec­tions to be de­vel­oped in the next three years.

Apart­ments are be­com­ing a larger pro­por­tion of new homes with 1918 new apart­ment con­sents granted in the past six months.

The coun­cil has been keep­ing up with grant­ing con­sents ef­fi­ciently de­spite the large in­flux, Mr Brown says.

‘‘Al­though vol­umes are much higher than pre­vi­ous years, the build­ing and re­source con­sent teams have con­tin­ued to per­form, with at least 95 per cent of con­sents pro­cessed within statu­tory time­frames.’’

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