Wharford Farm Infrastructure Delivery

Homes England

Hive were instructed by Homes England to act as planning consultants in the Campbell Reith led team progressing detailed design of the new canal bridge, spine road, drainage and earthworks design to de-risk the Wharford Farm site and to assist Homes England to explore a potential master developer role.  


This instruction resulted in the amendment of the planning strategy for the Wharford Farm site, evolving from an outline planning application to a hybrid planning application. With two separate consultant teams producing information relating to the outline and full elements of the hybrid planning application, Hive play an integral role between the teams to ensure consistent communication and progress.


The detailed design of the new canal bridge, which will be constructed adjacent to Grade II Listed Borrows Bridge, is a particularly key element of the instruction with many stakeholders. Hive have been instrumental in the stakeholder engagement strategy, chairing multi-disciplinary meetings considering highways, structures, conservation and planning to ensure that the detailed design meets the expectations of the Council and is capable of being adopted.

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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.