NZ Urban Development news from the media | 3 September | Final eight special housing areas approved by Government


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Final eight special housing areas approved by Government

A final eight special housing areas have been signed off by Government.

A Ministry of Housing and Urban Development spokesman said the recently approved areas were in Hamilton, Tauranga, Nelson and Queenstown. 

To ensure the developments proceed the developers must now lodge resource consent applications with the appropriate regional authorities before September 16.

Over 35,000 homes consented in July year

The number of new homes consented reached 35,472 in the year ended July 2019, the most consented in a year since the mid-1970s, Stats NZ said today.

This is the first time the number of new homes consented in a year has been over 35,000 since December 1974 (when 35,036 new homes were consented).

“Although we are now consenting over 35,000 new homes a year, this is still below the record 40,025 new homes consented at the peak in the February 1974 year,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

Deal to sell Shelly Bay done months back despite assurances

Within days of a deal quietly being made to sell the final chunk of Māori land at Wellington's Shelly Bay, opponents claim they were told the issue had not even been discussed.

A newsletter to Taranaki Whanui members on Monday says the trust had decided to sell its fourth and final piece of land at the site for $10 million to The Wellington Company, owned by developer Ian Cassels and his partner Patricia Caitlin Taylor.

The news came as a shock to members of Mau Whenua, a group of iwi opposed to the sale who put a caveat over the land in July.

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