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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The former Riverside High School site is located to the west of Radcliffe town centre and has been vacant since 2015. The site, which was cleared in 2021, provided an opportunity to delivery for much needed housing development in Bury. 

Marton Estate is an 11 hectare Site situated in the Fylde-Blackpool periphery strategic location for development, which was identified in the Local Plan. The Site was allocated for mixed use development to fulfil growth objectives for the Borough. Outline planning permission had previously been granted on the Site for the development of 265 dwellings and 1.5 hectares of employment use, however development did not come forward and the permission expired before a Reserved Matters Application was submitted. Homes England subsequently acquired part of the site to help deliver much needed housing development in Fylde.


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.