You should know when you are not performing when the Finance Minister states it publicly.
Bill English has told media that a despite notifying tranche land for special housing areas – the Council is lacking substantially consenting developments on them.
Hardly a surprise.
Efforts to address Auckland’s chronic housing shortage by building thousands of homes in special housing areas could be hindered by a lack of tradesmen, the industry says.
The comments come as the Government accuses Auckland Council of being too slow to issue consents to get construction under way.
Special housing areas catering for a projected 39,000 future homes are being established in Auckland in a bid to boost supply and curb price inflation, but Finance Minister Bill English said they still hinged on consents.
The Government wanted to see the council follow through on the special housing area announcements and process the required consents to allow construction to start.
“They’ve had pretty positive leadership in this area, but I think they’re yet to show the kind of urgency about really changing how they do business,” English said.
“Their decisions have an impact on the whole economy. They have an impact on thousands of households, so they need to understand that impact and get on with the job.”