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Bryggens Bastion Project Martin Garred Churchill Fellowship


Here at Civity, we seek to challenge the traditional approach to land use policy for housing in Australia, to be at the forefront of reimagining the Great Australian Dream. Housing not only provides essential shelter, but also plays a significant role in our quality of life and economic prosperity, whilst supporting the long-term growth of our cities and regions. 

Planning for housing diversity

As part of his Winston Churchill Trust Fellowship, Civity Director Martin Garred travelled to the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Sweden in 2022, to learn how other jurisdictions are dealing with the ever-growing housing affordability challenge from a land use perspective.


The cities Martin visited as part of his Churchill Fellowship are experiencing many of the housing affordability issues being faced in Australia. In some of the cities, the affordability crisis is arguably worse than current situation in Australia. However, it was the ongoing escalation of the housing affordability issue that led to these cities taking innovative land use planning actions.  


The key take out from all of the cities that Martin visited is that the land use planning system must focus on developing responsive land use policies that are actively informed by current trends and market influences, to enable the delivery of diverse and well-located housing that reflects the communities needs and aspirations. 


As an outcome of his Churchill Fellowship, Martin developed a framework that provides a land use planning approach to assist in achieving increased housing diversity and affordability. The approach has been developed to enable its broad application, recognising the need for locationally specific responses to the different legislative frameworks that apply across Australia.


This framework is now being used by the Civity team as part of our strategic planning work across Australia. It is ensuring that the housing studies and technical planning projects we lead are the forefront of global policy innovation, whilst ensuring our projects deliver tangible land use planning outcomes that can assist improving housing diversity and addressing housing affordability.

Planning for Housing Diversity Churchill Report


This Framework represents an approach to reimagining the Great Australian Dream through facilitating diverse and affordable housing for growing communities. 

One of the roles of planners and the land use planning system is to develop longer-term policies that enable the delivery of diverse and well-located housing that reflects both the communities needs and aspirations. This framework has been developed as an outcome of my Fellowship, to challenge the traditional approach to land use policy for housing in Australia. 

However, land use planning is only one part of the solution and this framework should be considered in the context of a broader suite of solutions that seek to address the systematic issues associated with housing affordability in Australia. 

Martin Garred Churchill Fellowship

Whilst the concept of affordable housing is relative, it should be assessed on these principles to ensure that it is considered in a broader context

1. Choice

A variety of housing is available in terms of dwelling types, tensure and pricepoints

2. Needs

Housing (type and supply) meets the users evolving needs throughout their life cycle.

3. Location

Housing is well located in terms of access to employment, services and amenity

Martin Garred Churchill Fellowship

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