Nth Canty housing boom easing

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North Canterbury’s housing boom has eased off, but is still exceeding preearthquake levels.
Waimakariri District Council planning manager Nick Harrison says 666 consents for new houses were issued for the year to June 30 this year, with another 105 consents issued last month.
This is well down on the 829 consents issued for new houses in the year to June 30, 2015, and the record 1278 consents issued in 2013, but is more than the preearthquake record of 624 consents in the 2004 calendar year.
‘‘It represents a reasonable level of activity, but it’s still well below the activity of a few years ago, which we expected.’’
Mr Harrison says the spike last month, of 105 consents, includes consents for 68 new units in the Ryman development on Oxford Road, Rangiora.
There were 209 consents issued in Kaiapoi in the year to June 30, down from 314 the previous year, while Rangiora has had a resurgence with 202 consents, up from 156 in the year to June 30, 2015.
Mayor David Ayers says the consent numbers mean the district is continuing to grow.
‘‘There’s significant developments coming up in east Woodend and Ravenswood, so we can expect there to be a lot of marketing over the next few years.
‘‘The Western Bypass is getting closer to completion and is probably 18 months away, so that might encourage more people to move to the district. The major place of congestion is north of Belfast, so the bypass will help fix that. Ryman also represents growth, as it iseither a new occupant from outside the district or a resident sells a house and that brings in a new resident.’’
Hurunui District Council building controls team leader Kerry Walsh says building activity has dropped in the last 12 months to near pre-earthquake levels.
Total consents issued in the year 2010 were 394 ($40 million in value), while the peak was in 2014 with 543 consents ($61 million value) and have now returned to 435 consents ($44 million value) in the last 12 months.
Kaikoura District Council building control administrator Jacqui Marsden says 129 consents have been issued in the past year, including nine for commercial properties.