Thu, 09 Dec 2021

WELLINGTON, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand announced new building intensification rules on Tuesday which allow up to three homes of three storeys to be built on most sites without the need for a resource consent.

The move aims to further cut red tape to boost housing supply to survive the current housing crisis resulted mainly from housing shortage.

Currently in New Zealand, district plans typically only allow for one home of up to two storeys.

New rules will result in at least 48,200 and as many as 105,500 new homes built in the next five to eight years, Housing Minister Megan Woods said in a statement.

First home buyers are set to benefit from changes to planning rules that will enable more medium density housing and cut red tape that acts as a barrier to development, Woods said.

"The housing crisis is a problem decades in the making that will take time to turn around. There is no silver bullet," she said, adding combined with other measures these changes will start to make a difference.

"New Zealand's housing shortage is being made worse in our biggest cities by limits on the number and types of houses that can be built," Woods said, adding these changes will enable more homes that are attractive to first home buyers to be built in areas closer to their work, public transport and community facilities.

Environment Minister David Parker said there will be exemptions in the medium density rules in areas where intensification is inappropriate, such as where there is a high risk of natural hazards, or a site has heritage value.

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