The construction boom in Sydney has taken its toll on the city’s existing housing stock, with a raft of new houses being built in a bid to keep up with the demand for affordable housing.
The new houses have been built on land previously occupied by existing buildings, with developers pushing the idea that the extra space will be used for community-focused activities, like community gardens and community spaces.
Auckland’s new city council has just approved a series of new developments in the city, with more than 80 per cent of the buildings being built on former industrial sites.
Auckland city council, which has the authority to make the decisions, has approved a number of developments in Auckland.
Photo: RNZ / Alexander RobertsonA number of the new developments are slated to be built on properties that are currently owned by the city.
The City of Auckland is one of the most diverse cities in the world.
Its density is high and its population is among the highest in the country, with about a quarter of the population living in Auckland, about 30 per cent are on the island of New Zealand.
It also has the highest unemployment rate in New Zealand at 6.7 per cent.
The council said the new development in the suburb of Wairarapa had been approved as part of a broader strategy to encourage the building of affordable housing in the Auckland area.
The project is expected to be complete in 2021, the council said.
The developer of the project, TAFT, was a partner with the National Land Council (NLC) and was the first developer to submit plans to the council.
The developer had been given permission to begin construction in 2021.
A number, including TAFG, has also been granted a permit to build on land that is currently occupied by the New Zealand Agricultural Research Centre.
The New Zealand National Land Trust (NZNLT) and the National Trust for the Conservation of New England (NTNEC) were given a licence to purchase the land.
The NTNEC said the plan would be used to develop an alternative site for the site, but it was unclear when the plan might be developed.
“We will be working with NTNAC and NTNED to identify the best way forward in this area,” NTNIC’s general manager, John O’Donoghue, said.
“The site is suitable for a number developments including a mixed-use development.”
The council’s development plans include two new developments that will add up to around 500 units.
One will be a new $500 million house with five bedrooms, two and a half baths and a rooftop terrace.
Another development, which will be called The City House, will feature a three-storey house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with an outdoor patio.
It will be the first project of its kind in the area, and is set to cost around $2 million.
More to come.