Covid fails to quell consents

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By David Hill

North Canterbury’s building boom is continuing apace, despite the uncertainty of Covid-19.

Both the Hurunui and Waimakariri councils have reported strong building consent numbers for 2020, while the Kaikoura District Council is looking forward to its Provincial Growth Fund initiatives.

Last year, the Hurunui District Council issued 449 building consents, including 115 for new houses.

While this was down on the 465 consents (including 133 new houses) issued in 2019, building and property manager Kerry Walsh says the combined dollar value of the various building projects rose from $64.3million to $65.3m.

“We planned for a 20 percent drop-off due to Covid-19, but it hasn’t happened yet, so it’s certainly still a popular area.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen in 2021, but at this stage it looks to be a strong year.”

Mr Walsh says consent numbers have been slowly dropping back to normal since the earthquakes, but are holding up better than expected.

Holiday homes in Hanmer Springs continue to be in demand, while the opening of the Christchurch northern corridor is expected to help make Amberley more attractive, Mr Walsh says.

A major development consented last year was a $2.5m car-making facility near Waiau for Roden Cars.

The Waimakariri District Council issued 582 consents for new houses in 2020, down slightly on the previous year but ahead of pre-earthquake years.

A major consented development in the Waimakariri district last year was the NPD service station at Southbrook.

The council is processing a consent for more large-format retail in Smith Street, Kaiapoi, with a key outstanding question remaining around traffic layout.

The proposed Rangiora Racecourse quarry consent is still in process, with further information being sought, and the appointment of commissioners under way.

Consent has also been lodged for the proposed Summerset Retirement Village in Rangiora.

In Kaikoura, Mayor Craig Mackle says his council will be working on the Provincial Growth Fund projects at Wakatu Quay and the Kaikoura Marina in 2021.;Running sportsロングコート コーデ特集!大人メンズの旬な着こなし&おすすめアイテム紹介 , メンズファッションメディア