Hive are instructed as planning consultant on the project by BCEGI and Middlesbrough Council, working primarily alongside JM Architects, Arup, Layer and Turley Heritage. We led the submission of a detailed planning application for the proposals.
Garden Village / SUE
Health Innovation Bolton (HIB) is an innovative new proposal for land adjoining Bolton Hospital that will provide exemplar new facilities to support the growth of the hospital. The proposed enabling development could include employment facilities and housing, including specialist and care related accommodation that provides the transitional care needs for hospital leavers and delivers on the Council’s growth aspirations.
Hive was instructed to provide a wide range of planning and development consultancy advice across the project, supporting a £140m Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) bid to unlock future growth within South Lancaster, including a 3,500 home Garden Village. In a ‘client-side’ role we provided comprehensive project management and capacity support, as well as core advice around the delivery of housing and infrastructure. Our work also included specific advice on HIF and the related liaison and partnership work with Homes England.
Hive were contacted at the time Cheshire East Council were at the start of putting their HIF bid together. Aware of Hive’s extensive background with the programme, both whilst Stuart and Mark worked at Homes England and their subsequent work under Hive, the commission was to act as lead authors and project managers for the bid process.
Hive are working with the Council on engagement with landowners and stakeholders within St Cuthbert’s, a key workstream given that there are over 100 landowners and very little publicly owned land within the Garden Town (GT). For any GT to work, regardless of the delivery vehicle, it is imperative that the Council engage comprehensively and frequently with all landowners to understand their position and appetite towards development, as well as consulting on the emerging masterplan and planning policy.
2020 Winner of the national Planning Awards Editors Choice Award for best overall project and the Increased Housing Delivery category for Preston City Living Strategy
2020 Winner of the Spatial Planning and Plan-Making award in the RTPI North West Regional Awards for Planning Excellence for the Preston City Living Strategy