The National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) came into force on 20 August 2020 and replaced the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity 2016 (NPS-UDC) 2016. The NPS-UD retains and strengthens the foundation concepts of the NPS-UDC and moves beyond a land capacity-based approach. The NPS-UD defines and promotes “well-functioning environments” which form the core of several objectives and policies.
The NPS-UD HCA (so far as it relates to housing) is a detailed analysis of housing growth across the New Plymouth District, based on current and future levels of demand, supply and development capacity. This provides a robust and frequently updated evidence base to inform planning decisions for urban growth in the New Plymouth district.
Click on the link below to read our current and historical HBCA.
The HCA indicates that the New Plymouth district has sufficient housing development capacity for the short, medium and long term as provided for in the Operative and Proposed District Plans.
a. Population growth means more houses are required in the future.
The district is forecast to grow by 7,200 people (or 8.3 per cent) over the next 10 years to around 93,000 and by 21% to 104,900 over the next 30 years (by the end of 2051). The District will require an additional 11,592 dwellings over the next 30 years, on average 386 dwellings per year.
b. There is sufficient residential land available and planned for as follows:
c. New infrastructure is required to support future growth.
Growth related projects are included in the Long Term Plan (2021-31) and Infrastructure Strategy to support infill development and greenfield development
d. Different types of housing are required
Changes in demographics with an aging population will require a variety of housing typologies and a move towards smaller, multi-unit dwellings.
e. Housing is becoming less affordable
The cost of building or buying a first home in New Plymouth has increased, with housing affordability also decreasing, at a lower rate than national trends.
f. Greenfield development is more feasible than infill development
In the current development market, it is more feasible (returns a profit of greater than 20 per cent) for developers to undertake Greenfield development than infill.
The NPS-UD also requires us to regularly monitor and update the HBCA data. We monitor the data on a quarterly basis and publish an annual report that details. Every tier 1, 2, and 3 local authority must monitor, quarterly, the following in relation to each urban environment in their region or district:
a. The demand for dwellings
b. The supply of dwellings
c. Prices of, and rents for, dwellings
d. Housing affordability
e. The proportion of housing development capacity that has been realised:
(i) In previously urbanised areas (such as through infill housing or redevelopment); and
(ii) In previously undeveloped (i.e. Greenfield) areas
f. Available data on business land
Annual Quarterly Reports
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