Projects & Services

We’re across all things planning, urban design, consultation, and project management – you’ve come to the right place.

By choosing Niche Studio, you’re choosing a breadth of knowledge across service areas and the industry, with experience in a vast array of projects nationwide.

Strategic Planning

Niche Studio’s breadth of experience in strategic planning is underpinned by our deep understanding of how policy and strategy outcomes can be effectively implemented to ensure positive, fully realised outcomes. We believe that our fresh perspectives lead to pioneering planning products for our projects.

Our insight into planning controls and influences as well as related regulations, impacts and requirements ensures that our outputs are well-informed and comprehensive. We tailor our advice to each client and draw upon our contextual knowledge of the planning industry and experience across various municipalities.

Niche Studio’s breadth of experience in strategic planning is underpinned by our deep understanding of how policy and strategy outcomes can be effectively implemented to ensure positive, fully realised outcomes. We believe that our fresh perspectives lead to pioneering planning products for our projects.

Our insight into planning controls and influences as well as related regulations, impacts and requirements ensures that our outputs are well-informed and comprehensive. We tailor our advice to each client and draw upon our contextual knowledge of the planning industry and experience across various municipalities.

Nightingale Ballarat

Nightingale Housing
Location:Ballarat, Victoria
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Client: Nightingale Housing
Project Description:

Niche Planning Studio was engaged to undertake planning investigations for the registered housing provider branch of the Salvation Army. While the larger Salvation Army organisation owns a number of sites across Victoria, the housing provider branch was seeking to increase their capacity to provide safe housing to those experiencing social disadvantage by increasing their social housing stock. Planning investigations focused on potential future subdivision and development, including social and affordable housing across some Salvation Army owned sites in Victoria. These included sites in the Greater Geelong and Casey municipalities.

The sites were affected by constraints including flooding from the nearby river, and access restrictions, which required careful consideration of subdivision design to both create good future planning outcomes and maximise development yield. Niche also worked together with each of the local municipalities to ensure that the proposed affordable housing component was well located in regard to public transport, open space and general community amenity.

Through collaboration between Niche’s planners and urban designers, we were able to provide advice that would allow for a diversity of housing types suitable for standard and affordable housing developments.

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Urban Design

Setting the vision and helping create and guide the development of a site is paramount to the successful implementation of a project.

Working with a variety of project scopes and sizes for various clients, we have brought a strong design skill-set to the table with experience in master plans, subdivision and development design. Our team have been actively engaged across both metropolitan and regional areas in the preparation of Urban Design Frameworks, Main Street Design options, Outline Development Plans, Structure Plans and Subdivisions of various size.

We provide in-house design and graphics skills that partner well with government, developer and landowner clients to visually illustrate best practice planning solutions. We are proud of our design capabilities and our innovative solutions to site constraints, bringing about a high-quality design outcome for all.

Setting the vision and helping create and guide the development of a site is paramount to the successful implementation of a project.

Working with a variety of project scopes and sizes for various clients, we have brought a strong design skill-set to the table with experience in master plans, subdivision and development design. Our team have been actively engaged across both metropolitan and regional areas in the preparation of Urban Design Frameworks, Main Street Design options, Outline Development Plans, Structure Plans and Subdivisions of various size.

We provide in-house design and graphics skills that partner well with government, developer and landowner clients to visually illustrate best practice planning solutions. We are proud of our design capabilities and our innovative solutions to site constraints, bringing about a high-quality design outcome for all.

Salvation Army Social Housing

Salvation Army
Location:City of Greater Geelong and City of Casey, Victoria
Start Date: March 2017
End Date: Ongoing
Client: Salvation Army
Project Description:

Niche Planning Studio was engaged to undertake planning investigations for the registered housing provider branch of the Salvation Army. While the larger Salvation Army organisation owns a number of sites across Victoria, the housing provider branch was seeking to increase their capacity to provide safe housing to those experiencing social disadvantage by increasing their social housing stock. Planning investigations focused on potential future subdivision and development, including social and affordable housing across some Salvation Army owned sites in Victoria. These included sites in the Greater Geelong and Casey municipalities.

The sites were affected by constraints including flooding from the nearby river, and access restrictions, which required careful consideration of subdivision design to both create good future planning outcomes and maximise development yield. Niche also worked together with each of the local municipalities to ensure that the proposed affordable housing component was well located in regard to public transport, open space and general community amenity.

Through collaboration between Niche’s planners and urban designers, we were able to provide advice that would allow for a diversity of housing types suitable for standard and affordable housing developments.

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Statutory Planning

We know statutory planning proficiency is essential to the delivery of high-level outputs. That’s why our team has a strong statutory planning background in the private and public sector, as well as across metropolitan and regional areas. This means we bring efficiency, accuracy and best practice techniques to all of our work.

Whether you’re pursuing residential, mixed use or industrial developments, landfill, signage or more, Niche Studio is backed by an experienced, multidisciplinary team to ensure the progress and achievement of your desired outcomes.

We know statutory planning proficiency is essential to the delivery of high-level outputs. That’s why our team has a strong statutory planning background in the private and public sector, as well as across metropolitan and regional areas. This means we bring efficiency, accuracy and best practice techniques to all of our work.

Whether you’re pursuing residential, mixed use or industrial developments, landfill, signage or more, Niche Studio is backed by an experienced, multidisciplinary team to ensure the progress and achievement of your desired outcomes.

The Edge Development Plan Amendment and Planning Permit

Salvation Army
Location:City of Greater Geelong and City of Casey, Victoria
Start Date: March 2017
End Date: Ongoing
Client: Salvation Army
Project Description:

Niche Planning Studio was engaged to undertake planning investigations for the registered housing provider branch of the Salvation Army. While the larger Salvation Army organisation owns a number of sites across Victoria, the housing provider branch was seeking to increase their capacity to provide safe housing to those experiencing social disadvantage by increasing their social housing stock. Planning investigations focused on potential future subdivision and development, including social and affordable housing across some Salvation Army owned sites in Victoria. These included sites in the Greater Geelong and Casey municipalities.

The sites were affected by constraints including flooding from the nearby river, and access restrictions, which required careful consideration of subdivision design to both create good future planning outcomes and maximise development yield. Niche also worked together with each of the local municipalities to ensure that the proposed affordable housing component was well located in regard to public transport, open space and general community amenity.

Through collaboration between Niche’s planners and urban designers, we were able to provide advice that would allow for a diversity of housing types suitable for standard and affordable housing developments.

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Feasibility & Due Diligence

Our approach to feasibility and due diligence is comprehensive – from site assessment to financial feasibilities, all the way to the implementation of high-quality developments – we are your go-to for thorough advice.

We rely on our expertise in land development, valuation, acquisition, and compensation processes to ensure thorough due diligence. With our extensive relationships in the industry, we guarantee our clients have cost efficient and market responsive outcomes.

Our approach to feasibility and due diligence is comprehensive – from site assessment to financial feasibilities, all the way to the implementation of high-quality developments – we are your go-to for thorough advice.

We rely on our expertise in land development, valuation, acquisition, and compensation processes to ensure thorough due diligence. With our extensive relationships in the industry, we guarantee our clients have cost efficient and market responsive outcomes.

Salvation Army Social Housing

Salvation Army
Location:City of Greater Geelong and City of Casey, Victoria
Start Date: March 2017
End Date: Ongoing
Client: Salvation Army
Project Description:

Niche Planning Studio was engaged to undertake planning investigations for the registered housing provider branch of the Salvation Army. While the larger Salvation Army organisation owns a number of sites across Victoria, the housing provider branch was seeking to increase their capacity to provide safe housing to those experiencing social disadvantage by increasing their social housing stock. Planning investigations focused on potential future subdivision and development, including social and affordable housing across some Salvation Army owned sites in Victoria. These included sites in the Greater Geelong and Casey municipalities.

The sites were affected by constraints including flooding from the nearby river, and access restrictions, which required careful consideration of subdivision design to both create good future planning outcomes and maximise development yield. Niche also worked together with each of the local municipalities to ensure that the proposed affordable housing component was well located in regard to public transport, open space and general community amenity.

Through collaboration between Niche’s planners and urban designers, we were able to provide advice that would allow for a diversity of housing types suitable for standard and affordable housing developments.

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Community Engagement

Communities understand the value of quality consultation and how their contribution can make significant and positive outcomes. That’s why our approach to community engagement ensures our consultation is a meaningful input to any project.

Our consultation work is always fit for purpose and prioritises stakeholder and community contributions to outcomes. It is designed to shape projects with a variety of engagement techniques used to capture varying needs of different stakeholder groups.

With our accredited IAP2 experts, we are well-equipped in a range of facilitation methods and consultation skills, with the capacity to build a targeted program for project requirements based on social and demographic research, cultural and practical needs, and involvement capacities of different stakeholders.

Communities understand the value of quality consultation and how their contribution can make significant and positive outcomes. That’s why our approach to community engagement ensures our consultation is a meaningful input to any project.

Our consultation work is always fit for purpose and prioritises stakeholder and community contributions to outcomes. It is designed to shape projects with a variety of engagement techniques used to capture varying needs of different stakeholder groups.

With our accredited IAP2 experts, we are well-equipped in a range of facilitation methods and consultation skills, with the capacity to build a targeted program for project requirements based on social and demographic research, cultural and practical needs, and involvement capacities of different stakeholders.

Salvation Army Social Housing

Salvation Army
Location:City of Greater Geelong and City of Casey, Victoria
Start Date: March 2017
End Date: Ongoing
Client: Salvation Army
Project Description:

Niche Planning Studio was engaged to undertake planning investigations for the registered housing provider branch of the Salvation Army. While the larger Salvation Army organisation owns a number of sites across Victoria, the housing provider branch was seeking to increase their capacity to provide safe housing to those experiencing social disadvantage by increasing their social housing stock. Planning investigations focused on potential future subdivision and development, including social and affordable housing across some Salvation Army owned sites in Victoria. These included sites in the Greater Geelong and Casey municipalities.

The sites were affected by constraints including flooding from the nearby river, and access restrictions, which required careful consideration of subdivision design to both create good future planning outcomes and maximise development yield. Niche also worked together with each of the local municipalities to ensure that the proposed affordable housing component was well located in regard to public transport, open space and general community amenity.

Through collaboration between Niche’s planners and urban designers, we were able to provide advice that would allow for a diversity of housing types suitable for standard and affordable housing developments.

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Project Management

Niche Planning Studio has extensive skills and experience in both Project Coordination and Project Management through previous roles as Land Development Managers within private enterprise and government. These roles have ensured that we have strong skills in facilitating planning and environmental approvals, preparing financial feasibilities and guiding marketing and construction programs for major land parcels in both growth corridors and in-fill sites.

All members of the team at Niche Planning Studio have an excellent understanding and awareness of the development process, time value of money and long-term implications that planning delays can bring to a project. We pride ourselves in working closely with both state and local government agencies and translating complicated planning policy frameworks and systems into clear, understandable and implementable actions.

Niche Planning Studio has extensive skills and experience in both Project Coordination and Project Management through previous roles as Land Development Managers within private enterprise and government. These roles have ensured that we have strong skills in facilitating planning and environmental approvals, preparing financial feasibilities and guiding marketing and construction programs for major land parcels in both growth corridors and in-fill sites.

All members of the team at Niche Planning Studio have an excellent understanding and awareness of the development process, time value of money and long-term implications that planning delays can bring to a project. We pride ourselves in working closely with both state and local government agencies and translating complicated planning policy frameworks and systems into clear, understandable and implementable actions.

Salvation Army Social Housing

Salvation Army
Location:City of Greater Geelong and City of Casey, Victoria
Start Date: March 2017
End Date: Ongoing
Client: Salvation Army
Project Description:

Niche Planning Studio was engaged to undertake planning investigations for the registered housing provider branch of the Salvation Army. While the larger Salvation Army organisation owns a number of sites across Victoria, the housing provider branch was seeking to increase their capacity to provide safe housing to those experiencing social disadvantage by increasing their social housing stock. Planning investigations focused on potential future subdivision and development, including social and affordable housing across some Salvation Army owned sites in Victoria. These included sites in the Greater Geelong and Casey municipalities.

The sites were affected by constraints including flooding from the nearby river, and access restrictions, which required careful consideration of subdivision design to both create good future planning outcomes and maximise development yield. Niche also worked together with each of the local municipalities to ensure that the proposed affordable housing component was well located in regard to public transport, open space and general community amenity.

Through collaboration between Niche’s planners and urban designers, we were able to provide advice that would allow for a diversity of housing types suitable for standard and affordable housing developments.

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