A new Government planning approach could help pave the way for faster intensification in Tauranga, experts say.

The regulation shake-up has been welcomed by developers, a social housing provider and city leaders, but there are also reservations about how far the changes would go and whether they would deliver houses.

The city was one of six growth areas targeted in the Government's draft National Policy Statement on Urban Development, announced on Wednesday.

The statement describes a new planning scheme that would help cities accommodate growth by removing overly restrictive development rules.


Phil Twyford, Minister of Urban Development, said the proposals