Conservative Party politician wants housing construction in Oslo to be faster

Construction - OsloPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Eirik Lae Solberg, the Conservative Party’s candidate for Oslo City Council, believes housing construction in the capital must intensify.

Solberg warns against further price increases because the supply is not keeping pace with the demand for housing. If nothing is done about the situation, it will be impossible to get a home in Oslo, he told the newspaper Aftenposten.

“The only thing that really helps is building more homes. A lot more. When demand increases, supply must increase by the same amount or more. Otherwise, prices will rise,” he said.

He also believes, among other things, that it takes far too long to deal with construction matters. Since 2017, the case processing time in the planning and building authority has more than doubled. It now takes five and a half years from the first meeting to a decision in the municipal council.

Department director Andreas Vaa Bermann says there are several reasons why cases are taking longer now – including new ambitions in housing quality and climate considerations, as well as increased attention to dangers and consequences.

“We are now investigating new ways of working to achieve more efficient planning processes,” he added.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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