Baxters Lane, St Helens

Stanley Investments Ltd

Baxters Lane is a vacant industrial site in the east of St Helens. Hive was commissioned to prepare and submit a full planning application for the development of 28 dwellings for affordable rent along with associated access, parking and landscaping. 


Hive carried out public engagement at the pre-application stage which comprised a leaflet drop in the local area and informal conversations with local residents. Hive prepared a Statement of Community Involvement and Planning Statement. We reviewed technical documentation from the multi-disciplinary team and compiled all submission material for the target date set by the client.

There were a number of significant challenges at post submission stage, with a number of design and technical issues which needed to be resolved. Hive worked closely Officers at the Council to overcome barriers to granting planning permission and reach a solution which was agreeable by all parties.


Planning permission was granted in October 2023. The scheme will transform a site which has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour, and provide much needed affordable housing within a high quality environment which will have regenerative benefits for the local community.

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