Surge in building consents in Tauranga & WBOP

Building consents rose during the month of April 2019. File Image.

The first four months of 2019 has seen a surge in construction activity in Tauranga.

This is according to the information from Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

Both councils have set new records for the value of consents issued

“Tauranga city, Western Bay district and the combined Western Bay sub-region are all 11 per cent higher in terms of the value of consents issued than at the same time last year,” says the report issued by Priority One.

“However, the growth has not been smooth. Year to date Tauranga had a strong January month, a quiet February month, followed by a record-breaking March.

“Western Bay’s consents formed the opposite pattern, starting strongly, having a record setting February and then a slowdown in March.

“This demonstrates that building consents can fluctuate considerably month to month and sometimes a significant increase or drop can be more a quirk of processing than setting a new trend.

“During April, Tauranga held steady, issuing a total of $80.5 million in consents. The value of residential consents issued was slightly down, but still healthy at $29 million for 67 new dwellings.

“Unsurprisingly commercial consents settled down to $33.8 million after an all-time high of $68.7 million was issued last month. The overall pattern was similar to that of April 2018.

“Western Bay district had a considerable slowdown during April, issuing the lowest value of building consents over the past two years ($12.5 million), and the lowest value of residential new builds over the same time period ($8.7 million for 21 new dwellings).”

In April 2019, a total of 186 building consents were issued under the Tauranga City Council and a total of 69 building consents were issued under the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

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