Hundreds of millions of dollars have been approved for a number of building projects in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty since January this year. Priority One's latest report shows the number of building consents issued so far this year recorded the highest ever value for the first seven months of a year. Property reporter Zoe Hunter investigates what has contributed to such a demand for building projects and looks into what other major commercial builds were approved last month.

A record $709 million worth of building consents have been issued in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

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