Renewed housing accord aims to build 1100 homes in Tasman

Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne, left and Nelson MP Nick Smith at a Richmond housing development last year.

Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne, left and Nelson MP Nick Smith at a Richmond housing development last year.

A further 800 sections and 1100 homes are proposed under a new Tasman housing accord aimed to cope with demand in the fast-growing district.

Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith and Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne signed the new deal on Friday.

The accord sets new annual targets for the Tasman District Council for consenting new residential dwellings and gives the council the ability to recommend the establishment of Special Housing Areas to the minister.

The new targets for the next three years are for 800 sections and 1100 homes.

Kempthorne said the accord set out the council's commitment to support an adequate supply of land and a healthy mix of residential living options for housing.

"Fast-tracking infrastructure to cater for additional housing would be a challenge for us given our focus on reducing debt and keeping spending in check, and the accord recognises this limitation," he said.

"We've received a strong indication from several developers that they wish to use the SHA process in the near future. Having an accord retains local oversight in the decision-making process, which is important to our communities."

The previous housing accord was entered into in May 2015 and set a goal of 260 additional sections and 620 new homes over two years.

Smith said those initial objectives have been exceeded with 457 new sections and 693 new homes, while Nelson and Tasman enjoyed a record building boom with $350 million of work consented in the past year. 

"Significant population growth is forecast in five of the Tasman District's major settlements - Richmond, Mapua, Motueka, Brightwater and Wakefield – in the next 10 to 20 years," he said.

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"This accord is about ensuring this growth is well managed and supported while providing additional space for new housing."

Smith said the Government and council were in discussions on several possible SHAs that would increase supply. These would be considered in coming months alongside council policies on establishing future SHAs.

 - Stuff


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