Boosting housing supply A couple of months ago I wrote about some of the initiatives the Government is putting in place to reduce the strain on housing supply in Auckland. One of these is Special Housing Areas. The first eleven of these have now been announced which means 6,000 more houses for Auckland.
What’s really exciting is that Flat Bush will be home to two of these developments. There will be 300 homes built in Flat Bush School Road and 275 in Murphys Road. A proportion of homes will be required to be within a more affordable range. Exactly what proportion will be finalised during the processing of qualifying developments.
Safer streets Crime has fallen again which makes everyone safer as they go about their daily lives. Recorded offences are down for the third year in a row. There has been a 17.4 per cent drop in crime over that time, which represents 76,775 fewer crimes. Crime in Counties Manukau East is down 6.5 per cent thanks to some great local cops.
It is also a relief to hear that less young people are turning to crime. Youth crime has fallen 19 per cent in two years and as a result, fewer young people are facing charges in court. This means child and youth prosecution statistics are the lowest they have been in 20 years. Helping this improvement is the better education and health responses at-risk young people are getting such as ensuring they attend school. Keeping them from a life of crime means safer communities.
These drops in crime are a reflection of the Police on the frontline being better resourced than ever and they are doing a fantastic job. Foot patrols have increased and Police are equipped with the latest technology meaning they are able to have a bigger presence on the streets.