Lancots Lane, St Helens

Stanley Investments Ltd

Lancots Lane is a 4.5 hectare unallocated brownfield site in the heart of the urban area of St Helens. The Site was previously occupied by chemical works at a time when the east of St Helens was predominantly industrial. This part of St Helens has changed significantly in the past 10 years and is now a focus for housing development.  


Hive was commissioned to prepare and submit a full planning application for the development of 170 affordable dwellings, the construction of new vehicle access points, open space, and associated landscaping and infrastructure works.

Hive were responsible for public engagement at the pre-application stage. This comprised a leaflet drop in the local area to encourage the local community to provide comments. Hive followed local and national policy guidance on public consultation. Our team prepared and delivered public consultation leaflets and set up a dedicated email address for respondents to make comments.

Hive prepared a Statement of Community Involvement and Planning Statement for submission. We reviewed technical documentation from the multi-disciplinary team and compiled all submission material for the target date set by the client.


During the post-submission stage, Hive co-ordinated a number of multidisciplinary meetings to resolve technical matters. Hive co-ordinated responses to statutory consultee comments where required and led the negotiation of solutions, conditions and financial contributions.

Planning permission was granted in October 2023. The scheme will deliver much needed affordable housing within a high quality landscaped setting which will have regenerative benefits for this part of St Helens. The project demonstrates Hive’s ability to work positively with the Council to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.

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