Polish gov’t in push to speed up housing delivery

Poland’s government on Wednesday decided to move forward with a bill aiming to speed up the construction of new homes amid a housing shortage.

The new rules are expected to shorten the time it takes for a housing construction project to get administrative clearance and get off the ground from five years to just one year, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

Under the planned legislation, new urban planning standards will be introduced to enable builders to start their projects faster and with less paperwork, according to PAP.

The new law would also enable developers to carry out projects on land that was previously off-limits for housing construction, including farmland within city limits and former industrial and military sites, PAP reported.

It quoted Poland’s Ministry of Investment and Economic Development as saying that the new rules would lead to an increased number of new housing starts and lower prices of apartments.

A first batch of low-cost apartments for rental were in December handed over to tenants in a town in western Poland as part of the government’s Home-plus affordable housing programme.

The country’s environment minister said in April that some 5,000 low-cost wooden homes would be built in Poland next year as part of the Home-plus programme.

According to real estate experts, there is still a shortage of around 3 million housing units in Poland.

Source: www.thenews.pl

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