National proposes time limit for consents

The National Party today introduced an election policy which would see a six-month time limit on planning consents for medium-sized buildings.

Prime Minister John Key made the policy announcement during a visit to Tauranga.

The new time limit would affect subdivisions, retail development, infrastructure and industrial development.

The policy would mean local authorities had a six-month time limit for processing resource consent applications - some of which are currently taking as much as two years.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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