Despite the economic downturn, new housing continues to grow in Coffs Harbour.
Despite the economic downturn, new housing continues to grow in Coffs Harbour.

Housing approvals boom on Coast

BUILDING approvals across the Mid North Coast totalled more than $807 million in 2009/2010.

A further breakdown of the figures just released shows Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour councils topped the construction value with $202 million and $183 million respectively.

The Mid North Coast Group of Councils (MIDGOC) compiled the figures as part of their annual development approvals information data.

Councils in the group include Nambucca Shire, Bellingen Shire, Coffs Harbour City, Gloucester Shire, Greater Taree City, Great Lakes, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey Shire.

“The information highlights how the Mid North Coast councils process development applications, comparing approval times, the number of complying development applications as well as the total construction value of development,” said MIDGOC planning chairman Matt Rogers.

“Across the eight council areas, 5741 development applications were received with 20% being processed as complying development.

“Complying development applications are processed in only five days on average.

“Despite 29% of applications being sent back to the applicant for further information, approval times for DAs and complying development applications was 61 days compared with the State average (2008/09) of 74 days for DAs.

“While the statistics vary from council to council, the objective of the Group is to use this data for the purposes of benchmarking between the member councils as a means of streamlining processes resulting in significant savings to the community.”



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