29 Nov 2016

13 Auckland special housing areas dumped after no progress

7:44 am on 29 November 2016

Thirteen Special Housing Areas in Auckland have been scrapped because their owners have failed to make any move to develop them.

An Auckland Council report on the city's three-year-long Housing Accord said the areas were mostly small and made little impact on moves to accelerate building.

The Accord had been introduced by the government to try to fast-track home building by offering a simpler consenting, and higher density zoning.

The council report shows the target of 39,000 building consents or sections created is likely to be confirmed this week when a final monitoring report is released.

The 13 special areas dropped made up only 2 percent of the building capacity created under the accord.