South Lancaster Growth Catalyst

Lancashire County Council

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. 


Working closely with both the County Council and City Council, Hive undertook the follow key workstreams: Drafting of housing delivery reports and other condition satisfaction work on the HIF funding contract (the reports were acknowledge by HE as being best practice nationally); design and support of revised governance arrangements, working with multiple stakeholder organisations; client support on the procurement of the wider multi-disciplinary team; risk management analysis; housing delivery profiles (trajectories) across numerous phases of development included within the 9k new homes and multiple infrastructure interventions; advising on planning strategy and developer contributions; and stakeholder engagement strategy.


As well as providing a range of technical advice, this project demonstrates Hive’s flexible approach to ensuring that the clients requirements are met in a timely manner and to a high standard.

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