Of the total number, building authorities issued permits for construction of 8,283 flats in new apartment buildings, the rest fell on apartments in family houses and ports. According to available CZSO statistics, the number of dwellings started in Prague last year was record for the period since 1997. Only the year 2005 could compete, when the construction of 8124 flats began in the metropolis.
“It simply came to our notice then record, which certainly means a certain onset of change in the atmosphere in the city, and given that there is an offer of significant parameters in economic parameters, we can expect the housing market to cool down in the medium term, “said Hlaváček.
According to the square, it has a positive effect on construction in Prague start of construction in large neglected areas, such as the former freight stations in Smíchov and Žižkov. He added that the construction was also unblocked by the fact that the city accelerated the approval of changes to the zoning plan, many of which lay with the municipality for years.
Prague is also preparing its own housing exhibition, for which purpose it has established the Prague Development Company (PDS). According to earlier information, it was entrusted with urban land with an area of about 400,000 square meters, on which it will be possible to build up to 6,000 flats for rental housing for people in need or representatives of supported professions within 10 to 15 years.
However, the new construction in the metropolis also has its critics. At the last meeting of city councilors, for example, some the inhabitants of Žižkov opposed the proposed new district at the former freight station there. Plans according to them they do not count on sufficient civic amenities and they also did not like the fact that the city does not seek to obtain a larger number of flats for rental housing from development companies. According to them, construction alone will not solve the housing crisis, because ordinary people no longer have a large part of them bought by investors, often from abroad.
At the meeting, the deputies approved the methodology for the contributions of developers to building infrastructure, specifically in the case of construction at the Žižkov Freight Station, according to Hlaváček, the municipality should receive about 1.5 billion crowns from companies.
Deputy Mayor Petr Hlaváček on the institutions of the city developer and the central building office. (2019) Daniel Vitous
Deputy Mayor of Prague Petr Hlaváček
Author: Czech News Center / Jan Zázvorka