Hous­ing de­vel­op­ment 20pc ahead of tar­get

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Con­sent fig­ures are up and more houses are in the pipe­line for Auck­land, ex­ceed­ing the first-year ex­pec­ta­tions of the Auck­land Hous­ing Ac­cord.

The ac­cord’s an­nual mon­i­tor­ing re­port was re­leased on Novem­ber 26.

More than 11,000 new land and build­ing con­sents have been ap­proved in the past year, 20 per cent above the tar­get of 9000.

But there is still more work to be done to meet the sec­ond and third year tar­gets.

The ac­cord was signed by the Gov­ern­ment and Auck­land Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber 2013 to fast-track hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

It re­sulted in the cre­ation of the Auck­land Coun­cil Hous­ing Project Of­fice ( HPO) and the in­tro­duc­tion of spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas dot­ted across the city.

Mayor Len Brown says the ar­eas are set­ting up a solid foun­da­tion to meet tar­gets for the next two years.

De­vel­op­ments have al­ready been ap­proved for almost 480 sec­tions, he says.

‘‘We have moved quickly to es­tab­lish the spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas, where con­struc­tion is now un­der way at full steam.

‘‘We have got dig­gers on the ground at sites across Auck­land and there is huge po­ten­tial in the pipe­line.’’

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Nick Smith says the aim is to rapidly in­crease sup­ply and con­tain house price in­creases.

It is im­por­tant to stay on track, he says.

There is still an es­ti­mated short­fall of about 20,000 dwellings across Auck­land.

The ac­cord hopes to see 13,000 con­sents ap­proved within the next year and another 17,000 in the year fol­low­ing.

‘‘The sec­ond and third year tar­gets re­main am­bi­tious, but they were de­signed to stretch us.

‘‘They re­in­force the need for the Gov­ern­ment and Auck­land Coun­cil to keep our foot on the ac­cel­er­a­tor.’’

The ac­cord has seen 80 spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas put in place across Auck­land.

Five houses have been built in spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas so far and 18 more are ex­pected to be com­plete by the end of the year.

Sub­urbs af­fected in the Cen­tral Leader area in­clude Mt Eden, Mt Al­bert, Mt Roskill, San­dring­ham, One­hunga, New­mar­ket, New Wind­sor and One Tree Hill.

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