Big fall in building consents value

Last updated 08:51 09/06/2014

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The value of building consents in Marlborough was down more than $8 million last month compared with May 2013.

The Marlborough District Council released a summary of building consents last week which showed 139 consents, worth $10.6m, were issued during May 2014, compared with 148 consents, worth $18.8m, issued in May last year.

The number of commercial building consents in the region also decreased. Two consents were issued last month, with a total value of $1.2m, compared with five consents in May 2013, with a total value of $7.6m.

The single largest consent granted was worth $1.2m for a new concrete slab and services at Drylands Cellar Door and Restaurant on Hammerichs Rd.

There were two consents issued for additions to industrial buildings last month worth $704,745.

One of the two was a consent for foundations and concrete work to extend a winery on Conders Bend Rd. It was valued at $668,500.

The number of new housing consents increased from 17 in May 2013 to 20 in May 2014. The total value of the consents were worth $4.4m and $5.7m, respectively.

Fifteen housing addition consents were approved last May, totalling $648,550, compared with 22 in May 2014, totalling $1.3m.

Other consents issued included for building a tractor shed, swimming pools, a pole shed, the demolition of an earthquake damaged chimney and free-standing fireplaces.

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- The Marlborough Express

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