Builders busy in New Plymouth with consents rising

The value of building consents in New Plymouth reached $253.8 million in the year to September, according to the latest figures from Statistics New Zealand.

That figure is down on last year, when the total value was $260.4m, but up on 2017, when it was $230.2m.

Campbell Mattson, owner of Location Homes and president of the Master Builders Association Taranaki branch, said at the current rate the number of residential building consents for new homes in New Plymouth would likely get close to the 453 granted in 2017, which was one of the highest figures ever before the dip to 245 in 2018.

"This year as of the end of October we're sitting about 380 (homes)," Mattson said. "Overall it's certainly a busy time."

It was currently hard to find a sub-trader - such as a plumber, painter or 'brickie' - who was not busy, he said. His own company has seven floor slabs to get down in the next two weeks.

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