NZ Urban Development news from the media | 15 October | More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut


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More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut

The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act. 

“Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and expensive – as builders well know,” Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa said. 

For manufacturers who prove their systems and processes are compliant, there will be a new streamlined nationwide consenting process for prefab buildings that will:

  • enable the mass factory production of high quality buildings
  • slash the likely number of building inspections for factory produced buildings in half
  • ensure only the location where a prefab house is installed requires a building consent, removing the possible need for two separate consents

Billion-dollar Queenstown housing, hotel and retail development takes a step forward

A billion-dollar Queenstown mixed-use development has taken a step forward with the signing of a development agreement between the local council and New Zealand and Australian developers.

New Zealand developer Augusta Capital has announced that it and its Australian partner Ninety Four Feet had signed the legally binding agreement with the Queenstown Lakes District Council for the Lakeview site.

It is the former Queenstown camping ground on Man Street where many of the premiere resort town's migrant hospitality workers live and is the largest remaining development site in central Queenstown.

Auckland monthly housing update, October 2019

October highlights

  • 1407 dwellings were consented in August 2019.
  • In the year ending August 2019, 14,345 dwellings were consented in the region.
  • 40 per cent of new dwellings consented in August 2019 were houses, 22 per cent were apartments and 38 per cent were townhouses, flats, units, retirement village units, or other types of attached dwellings.

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