Hive win 2021 RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup at National Awards

driven end-to-end

Planning and surveying
expertise in the
delivery of land

Development land
Agency and Brokering

Realising Local
Authority growth ambitions

Working across both
public and private sectors

Project management
from inception to delivery

Unrivalled network of
property professionals
and public sector
decision makers

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We are diverse. Hive have the combined skill set to provide a wide-ranging consultancy offer that covers all aspects of surveying and planning expertise, primarily focussed on development. As a team and as individuals, we have years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Our range of services helps to set us apart from other consultancies.

We work in partnership. Our ethos is founded upon forming effective partnerships. The public-private experience we have means that we fully understand and can engage with what can often be perceived as complex processes. Our outstanding brokering and negotiation skills ensure that our clients requirements are achieved through an engagement focussed approach.

We deliver. Our enviable track record of facilitating development by fronting successful public sector funding bids, securing planning permissions, promoting strategic land and project managing public sector development and regeneration initiatives is testament to the way we work.


Our years of experience in the development industry has given us an unrivalled network of contacts. We can then use our wealth of expertise to bridge the essential relationship between public and private organisations.

This could be to the benefit of a local authority with aspirations to deliver large scale mixed use development or a developer or landowner looking to work proactively with a local authority.

Whatever your development requirements are, we will have the tailored approach to suit.


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Chris Hayward

Director of Development, Preston City Council

“The Council have instructed Hive on a number of significant residential and regeneration projects within the City, including the review and implementation of the City Living Strategy, bidding to the LGA to secure funding and helping to establish a housing delivery vehicle. Hive are also project managing the delivery of the Homes England Local Authority Accelerated Construction Programme, the purpose of which is to invest grant into PCC owned sites to unlock them for residential development. Critically, Hive understand the way the Council operates and so have always provided prompt and well considered advice and they share our drive to achieve the Council’s growth objectives for the City, which has been extremely well received by everyone involved.”

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Karen Hirst

Managing Director, Maple Grove Developments

“Hive have been sourcing new site opportunities for Maple Grove Developments since Hive were established. Stuart, Mark and the team took the time to fully understand Maple Grove Developments business and site requirements. Sites have been identified through Hive’s extensive network of contacts and excellent relationships with senior Local Authority officers. Hive have a driven team to work with, who are committed to get the job done.”

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Stephen Hughes

Planning Manager at Yorkshire Housing

“I have worked closely with Justin over the last 5 years mainly on major residential development proposals across the North West and more recently in Yorkshire. He balances commercial awareness and an understanding of a client’s needs and pressures with planning expertise and an ability to engage positively with Officers, Consultees and Elected Members at all levels to achieve positive results. He has a detailed understanding of both strategic and site specific planning issues which has ensured that we have secured planning approvals for over 1,000 units on what were often challenging sites. He is very personable and explains complex issues in a concise and understandable way and I wouldn’t hesitate in using and recommending his and Hive’s services to others in the future.”


Mark Thompson

Managing Director, Engine of the North

Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council’s arms-length delivery vehicle, have worked with Hive from the outset, when Stuart and Mark set the business up in early 2018. Their wealth of experience on Garden Villages, public funding programmes and strategic partnership advice has been invaluable to Engine of the North. Hive have demonstrated an ability to turn their hands to a wide range of tasks from Housing Delivery Strategies to the implementation of Green Infrastructure and its maintenance through a Man.Co. Of particular note however was the hard work, focussed yet flexible attitude that saw Hive successfully lead Cheshire East’s bid for £21.7m of grant funding through the HIF programme. Hive drafted large sections, co-ordinated the input of other consultants, plugged gaps in the team and generally orchestrated the whole bid through to a conclusion. Their experience of having worked for Homes England and connections back to key individuals brought significant benefits to the process.

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