Earlier in the week, Bill English signalled plans for government intervention into the Auckland housing market. It appears the plan is for the government to become a provider of medium density, medium priced housing; both private sector and state owned. Whilst this might seem like a good thing, I’ve got to admit this has underlying concerns for me.
Buildings play a significant role in society impacting on our health, wellbeing, productivity, security to name just a few, which is why Hampton Jones believe in striving for “better buildings for better lives”.
Cheap housing comes with other costs such as:
Also will we see procurement under typical government contracts? These are often onerous to suppliers and competitively tendered for work that may not been seen as desirable?
For state owned housing the government would do well to consider alternative initiatives like;
However with the right approach to government intervention and support I don’t see why we can’t achieve a proportion of sustainable good quality affordable housing.