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Building consents for townhouses, flats, and units reach new high – 31 October 2018

A record 6,059 new townhouses, flats, and units were consented to be built in the year ended September 2018, Stats NZ said today.

This figure was up 29 percent from the previous September year.

“The annual number of townhouses, flats, and units consented has risen steadily since late 2012, coming off historically low levels,” construction statistics manager Melissa McKenzie said.

“Growth in new townhouses, flats, and units between 2013 and 2016 was driven by activity in both Auckland and Canterbury, but more recently it was driven by Auckland.”

In the year ended September 2018, 32,548 new homes were consented nationally, up 5.4 percent from the September 2017 year. Of this national total, 12,945 were consented in the Auckland region.

The new homes consented nationally over the past year were:

  • 20,692 stand-alone houses – down 2.4 percent from the September 2017 year
  • 6,059 townhouses, flats, and units – up 29 percent, to a new series high
  • 3,825 apartments – up 21 percent
  • 1,972 retirement village units – up 6.3 percent.

In September 2018, the seasonally adjusted number of new dwellings consented fell 1.5 percent compared with August 2018, following a 6.8 percent rise in August, and a 9.7 percent fall in July.

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