Construction expert says new bill pointless without builders to back it up

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Newstalk ZB,
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Wed, 20 Oct 2021, 9:37AM
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Construction expert says new bill pointless without builders to back it up

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 20 Oct 2021, 9:37AM

A new bill designed to cut red tape and allow more intensification in housing construction could be pointless if practical aspects aren’t taken into account.  

Labour and National have joined forces on the rules, which will allow up to three homes of up to three storeys built on most sites, without resource consent.   

AUT construction expert John Tookey told Kate Hawkesby it could help those wanting to get on the property ladder. 

But he’s raised questions over whether there are enough builders or materials to construct all the houses being promised. 

About 105-thousand extra homes are expected to be built in the next five to eight years.  

Tookey says it has to be twinned up with capacity growth initiatives, such as skills training or a revised Ministry of Works. 

“Somebody somewhere needs to start thinking more collectively about capacity because opportunity without capacity is meaningless.” 

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