Will Twyford complain about Auckland housing when Phil is in charge?

Simon Collins runs a hit piece on housing for Phil Twyford, but Twyford has no answers.

The evidence continues to build showing the intransigence of Auckland Council.

New homes and sections created under the Auckland Housing Accord have dropped below target as the building industry struggles to find extra labour, materials and equipment.

The latest quarterly report shows that 30,389 new homes have been consented or sections created since the accord between Auckland Council and the Government took effect in October 2013.

That’s 78 per cent of the target of 39,000 new homes and sections due by the end of the three-year accord on September 30.

Only 6605 new homes and sections were consented in the six months to March, just 39 per cent of the target of 17,000 for the full final year of the accord to September.

There is always a seasonal lull during the summer holidays, especially for new sections.

But 5674 new dwelling and sections were consented in the same six months last summer, or 44 per cent of the 13,000 target for the year to last September.

But Phil Twyford has no answers.

Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford said the 9566 dwelling consents issued in the full year to March were still well short of the 13,000 a year needed to keep up with the city’s population growth.

He noted that only 1010 dwellings had actually been built so far in the 154 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), where consenting was fast-tracked under the housing accord. The largest numbers were in Flat Bush (175), Hobsonville (169) and Hingaia (168), where many houses have been built outside the accord fast-tracking rules so that they did not have to comply with SHA requirements for a share of affordable housing.

“In the SHAs it appears that there may be even more capital gain than anywhere else, and that’s acted as a disincentive to get on with building because the land is increasing in value so rapidly that people have got more to gain by sitting on it or selling it,” he said.

I wonder if Twyford will be so critical when Phil is mayor? Or Simon Collins for that matter?


– NZ Herald

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