North Cantebrury a popular place to live

Waimakariri and Hurunui District Councils continue to process high numbers of consents for new homes as the housing boom shows no signs of letting up.

In the six months to June 30, 435 permits for new houses were issued in Waimakariri district.

Although that’s 12% less than the same time last year, more than 400 consents was a normal year for Waimakariri before the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, Deputy Mayor Neville Atkinson said.

Last year, 935 permits were issued for new homes and a similar result was expected for this year.

”It’s really booming. Why wouldn’t you want to live in Waimakariri? said Mr. Atkinson.

“When we set the rates for this year, we set the range at around 900 consents and we’re halfway there at six months, so we’re definitely on the right track.”

Woodend led the way with 144 consents, followed by Kaiapoi with 139 and 86 consents in rural areas.

There were 38 consents issued in Pegasus and only 25 in Rangiora.

Mr Atkinson said most of Kaiapoi’s growth was in the Silverstream sub-division, with the smaller sections and high-density housing.

While Rangiora’s consent count was down, it would pick up soon with new developments on the way.

A proposed sub›division in Rangiora, Bellgrove, was recently accelerated under the Covid›19 Recovery Fast›track Consenting Act 2020.

The 63-hectare site is expected to open soon for 209 sections in the first stage and up to 1,100 sections over five stages.

The population of Waimakariri district has already exceeded 66,000 and was on track to exceed 78,000 by 2031.

Long-term projections suggest that Waimakariri could approach 100,000 by 2048, with Rangiora expected to exceed 30,000.

Kaiapoi is on the verge of running out of room for expansion, but could continue to grow with “infilling” and sub-division into smaller sections and higher-density housing, Mr Atkinson said.

“It’s one of those issues that we’re going to face, whether people see it as a good thing or not is another story.”

He said careful planning and collaboration with Greater Christchurch partners was essential.

”We cannot rest on our laurels when planning our future.

”We need to ensure that our systems can handle growth and that we can continue to keep pace with climate change.

“And we have to remember that everything flows to Kaiapoi, so we have to be smarter in how we manage our water systems. ”

Hurunui District Council issued 194 permits for new homes in the year to June 30, up from 118 the previous year’ a 60% increase, property and property manager Kerry Walsh said.

Amberley led the way with 100 consents for new homes, followed by Hanmer Springs with 45 consents.

The total number of consents issued in the last six months was 317 with a construction value of $52 million, compared to 300 with a value of $42 million for the same period last year.

The Kaikoura District Council issued 73 building permits for the first six months of this year, after issuing 154 building permits in the 2021 calendar year.

The council also issued 50 resource permits (such as subdivisions and land use), compared to 44 resource permits for the same period last year.

-By David Hill
Local Democracy Journalist

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