Building consents soaring in SC districts
Waimate and Mackenzie districts have both had a leap in building consents.
Recent figures show significant growth in line with the Timaru district where 18-year highs have been recorded for new dwellings and commercial buildings.
In Waimate, 31 consents for new houses were issued in 2012/13 with a value of $7.89 million - the highest consent number and value since 2008.
In the three months to October, five consents worth $1.96m were issued for new houses while $11.3m in consents were issued for new factories.
Waimate District Council planning and regulatory manager Brent Donaldson said 75 consents valued at $18.8m were issued for the quarter to October - the highest figure since 2006.
Much of the growth was attributed to the new dairy factory at Glenavy, he said. "The last three quarters have shown very large increases in value because of the dairy factory; the building control division is very, very busy.
"The last time we had a comparable increase was in 2007 when the dairy factory at Studholme was being built and that was $13m; this quarter is a record for value of building consents for some time."
Mackenzie was headed for a record year, council building control manager Steve McLellan said.
The council processed an average 250 consents a year and was on track to process 330 in the 2013/14 year, Mr McLellan said.
"I'd say 330 this year would be realistic; the most we've ever done was 314 in 2006."
Mr McLellan said a lot of people had sat on their money for a long time. "Twizel is growing; there's no one driver behind it."
Figures showed 258 consents worth $28.1m were issued in the 2012/13 financial year.
The value of building consents was up $3m on 2011/12.
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