We are a consultancy offering clients the full range of planning and surveying expertise, with a combined 30 plus years of experience in the public and private sectors. If you own, or have an interest in land then we can offer bespoke solutions for you to realise your ambitions.

With end-to-end solutions from land acquisition or assembly through to a sites disposal, covering every step of the planning process along the way, Hive will have the skill sets to meet your needs.

Hive is a consultancy initially manned through its two founding Directors - Mark Vaughan and Stuart Sage


What sets us apart from our competitors is our unrivalled network of contacts, where we can use our wealth of experience to bridge the essential relationship between public and private organisations.

Hive offers a dedicated service to clients who require that combination of public sector experience of planning policy, strategy, development control and national funding programmes (tapping into funding options to unlock land) with private sector understanding of the commercial drivers of housebuilders and developers currently operating in the North West

So if you are a local authority with aspirations to deliver large scale mixed use development, or are a private land owner seeking to value engineer your land, we offer a tailored package to suit.


Jim Carter

Jim Carter (Deputy Chairman, Eric Wright Group and Director, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership)

“As a key partner on the Preston, South Ribble & Lancashire City Deal Executive Stuart has been critical in both delivering the HCA sites which contribute to the delivery of the core outputs of the deal, and also in providing sound strategy advice on positioning partners to best exploit future opportunities. Stuart’s positive and ‘can do’ approach has been a key feature in achieving the housing targets for which I (as...

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Lorraine Norris

Lorraine Norris (Chief Executive, Preston City Council)

“I have worked with Stuart and Mark for over 5 years, primarily through the work they have delivered regarding HCA sites within Preston, as well as being a key partner on the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal. They have an in-depth understanding of the requirements of local authorities and have worked collaboratively with officers and members of the Council to unlock...

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In 2014 Eastway was a stalled employment site with a large infrastructure requirement, lack of market interest and viability issues. Stuart and Mark made the case for residential-led mixed-use development through, a close working arrangement with the local planning authority, a viability argument and a subsequent outline planning permission...

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