Nick Smith, already known and a greenie loon is fat becoming as unpopular as Len Brown in Auckland.
Why on earth John Key has made him the minister and the oracle of all things Auckland when he lives mostly in Wellington and partly in Nelson is beyond me.
Aucklanders need to get over their nimbyism and accept lower quality developments if they want affordable housing, says Housing Minister Nick Smith.
As residents in older suburbs grapple with possible changes under the draft Unitary Plan, the Government’s planned special housing areas threaten to override current planning rules designed to protect existing neighbourhoods.
A law change before Parliament would give more permissive consenting powers in the designated areas, to be agreed between the Government and Auckland Council under their new Housing Accord. Notification – allowing neighbours to object – would be more limited.
When first unveiled, it was assumed the designations would be on cheaper rural land in a bid to speed up home building. But Dr Smith says greenfield subdivisions earmarked for housing within the urban limits and in areas zoned for intensification could be declared special housing areas.
“Higher quality equates to high price. You end up with conditions requiring expensive sections and expensive homes.”
With comments like that it certainly looks like Len Brown has found a left-wing cabinet minister to push his agenda. God knows why he was rehabilitated into cabinet.
The only people moaning about affordable housing are broken arsed losers.