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Great Places

Hive were instructed as planning consultant by Great Places Housing Group to prepare and submit a planning application for 46 affordable homes on a brownfield former school site in Royton, Oldham.  



Great Places were purchasing the land from Oldham Council and there were very tight contractual deadlines associated with the submission of the planning application. Immediately upon instruction, Hive recognised that urgent action was needed and so submitted a pre-application request immediately and negotiated with the Planning Officer to submit an incomplete application, which would be held by the Council until further information was submitted rather than be returned as invalid. Hive therefore helped to ensure that Great Places met their contractual obligations.

Hive co-ordinated meetings and had regular liaison with the Planning Officer at Oldham Council, working through issues

Another challenging contractual obligation deadline was for the determination of the planning application, requiring Hive to achieve April 2023 planning committee. Immediately prior to the deadline for the submission of the Officer’s Report, the Officer made late requests for planning contributions, which would impact the viability of the scheme. Hive quickly negotiated the priorities with the Local Planning Authority and advised the client accordingly to ensure the April committee deadline was achieved.

The Officer submitted a report which recommended approval and Hive addressed the planning committee in support of the application, answered Member’s queries and secured a unanimous vote in favour of granting planning permission.


The Section 106 agreement was signed and planning permission granted in July 2023. A subsequent Section 73 application was approved in October 2023 which allows construction to begin without onerous conditions regarding highway improvement schemes, ensuring Great Places can meet their funding deadlines and start building affordable homes which are much needed in Oldham.

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