From Jenna Lynch on Newshub – Govt’s plan to build houses on excess crown land hits another roadblock
The Government’s plan to build houses on excess crown land has hit another roadblock. Three sites earmarked for housing can’t actually be built on.
Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith showed off spare Government land during a bus tour in 2015 as sites he wanted to put houses on.
Fast forward a couple of years, and there’s a problem.
His officials have deemed the Wiri Station Rd site in Auckland “not viable for residential development”.
But on top of not being able to build on Wiri Station Rd, Manukau Station Rd will have 100 fewer homes than planned, Mihini Rd hasn’t been vacated by KiwiRail so it can’t be used and Luke St has already been snatched for a pop up temporary housing site.
Bill English to the rescue!
Mr English defended the Minister. “He’s done a good job actually, some people think you can just decide to have more houses and they magically appear”.
Eight long years.