Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Only way is up for Auckland housing

Auckland continues to grow upward, according to the latest building consent data revealed in Auckland Council’s Development Strategy Monitoring Report.

The findings show that in the three years since the Auckland Plan 2050 Development Strategy was adopted, the pattern of growth and development activity continues to support the delivery of a more compact city.

The report monitors building consents and code compliance certificates issued across Auckland between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

The report reveals that housing consents remain on the rise in Auckland, total dwellings consented increased by almost 30% compared with the previous reporting year, with 82% of consents issued in the existing urban area, and 62% of total consents for intensive housing – apartments, townhouses, units and flats.

Mayor Phil Goff says the report shows the Auckland Unitary Plan is enabling more housing growth in the right places.

“Auckland consented just over 19,000 dwellings in 2020/2021, a massive 88 per cent increase on 2016/2017, the first year of the Unitary Plan.”

“We are also seeing a strong trend towards more intensive housing types, with apartments and townhouses making up a large share of consents issued. In 2020/2021, for example, 170 per cent more high-density dwellings were consented than in 2016/2017, the first year the Auckland Unitary Plan was operative.

“This is helping to provide Aucklanders with more housing choices and more opportunities to live close to the services and facilities they rely on,” Mayor Goff says. 

Eight-five per cent of dwellings consented around Auckland’s big centres – Manukau, Westgate, Albany and the city centre – were for intensive housing types, and 85% of consents within 1,500 metres of train stations and northern busway stations were also for apartments, units, and townhouses.

The report also indicates that business has grown in Tāmaki Makaurau with 595,354 square metres (sqm) of business floor space consented in 2020/2021, a 31% increase from last year.

Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Chris Darby says the findings from the report demonstrate that Auckland is growing well.

“The report shows Tāmaki Makaurau continues to grow well and that’s exciting,” he said.

“More homes built in our existing urban areas, close to jobs, shops, health care, restaurants and schools is good for Auckland. It means more housing choices and a more vibrant, connected city with a better quality of life for people. And it’s better for our climate leading to less urban sprawl, congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions.”    

To read the full Auckland Plan 2050 Development Strategy Report visit the Auckland Council website.

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