Build­ing con­sents on rise

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT - EMMA DANGERFIELD

The Hu­runui Dis­trict Coun­cil is cur­rently pro­cess­ing a record num­ber of build­ing con­sents as a re­sult of earth­quake dam­age across the dis­trict.

There are 40 con­sents be­ing pro­cessed by the coun­cil, the ma­jor­ity of which are for mi­nor earth­quake re­pairs, with more in the queue.

Over­all con­sent num­bers are up by 40 per cent this year in com­par­i­son to the same pe­riod last year.

Build­ing team leader Kerry Walsh said this was the high­est num­ber of con­sents the coun­cil

‘‘We ex­pect to see this num­ber in­crease over the com­ing months as more and more in­surance claims are set­tled.’’

had pro­cessed at one time, and this was due to the sheer num­ber of earth­quake re­pairs and re­builds tak­ing place in the dis­trict.

‘‘We ex­pect to see this num­ber in­crease over the com­ing months as more and more in­surance claims are set­tled.’’

Due to an ex­pected rise in the num­ber of build­ing con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions, a fast-track con­sent­ing process has been es­tab­lished by the coun­cil and two ad­di­tional con­sent of­fi­cers have been em­ployed.

Res­i­dents and ratepay­ers were en­cour­aged to make use of the new process to progress their earth­quake re­pairs faster than would nor­mally be pos­si­ble, by nom­i­nat­ing that their con­sent was for an earth­quake-re­lated re­pair on their ap­pli­ca­tion, Walsh said.

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