Senior / Associate Planner

  • Hive Land & Planning
  • Competitive
Company: Hive Land & Planning
Location: Manchester
Contact Name: Justin Cove
Telephone: 07880 187946

Permanent role
4-5 day working week (based on 37.5 hours FTE)
Competitive salary
Some travel will be required
Location: Manchester City Centre fringe / Salford / Home working

About Hive

Hive Land & Planning is an award-winning, niche planning and surveying practice that has the combined skill set to provide a wide-ranging consultancy offer to both public and private sector clients. In the 3 years since Hive was established, the company has developed an outstanding reputation for quality of service in various specialist fields.

We have quickly grown to 6 qualified professionals, delivering an exciting range of projects for our client base that includes volume and SME housebuilders, contractors, commercial developers, Local Authorities, Registered Providers, Homes England, landowners and corporate clients.

Hive is instructed across a wide range of large-scale transformational projects ranging from town centre regeneration and high street repurposing, infrastructure funding, strategic positioning and delivery advice for local authorities and developers to advising on numerous aspects of garden towns and villages.

At Hive, our core values are to be personable and work in collaboration and partnership with our clients, local authorities, consultant teams and the communities we work in. We pride ourselves in offering a diverse and bespoke service to our clients, with a clear focus to provide high quality advice, outputs and results.

Our Planning Consultancy work

We are currently working on a diverse and interesting range of planning consultancy instructions, covering a number of different sectors. We work on anything from the promotion of Green Belt sites through the Local Plan process, through to detailed planning applications for town centre regeneration schemes.

Here’s some examples of projects we’re working on at the moment:

Crompton Place, Bolton

Client: Bolton Regeneration Ltd (BCEGI/Granite Turner)

600,000 sqft mixed use town centre regeneration scheme, comprising of retail, professional services, food and beverage uses, offices, 135 bed hotel, 200 residential units, assembly, community and leisure uses. Outline planning permission has been secured with reserved matters to follow.

Sandymoor South and Wharford Farm, Runcorn.

Client: Homes England

Outline application for up to 850 new homes along with associated infrastructure, acting as planning consultant in a multi-disciplinary team including Turner and Townsend as project manager, Buro Happold, Barton Willmore and TEP.

Boho, Middlesbrough

Client: Middlesbrough Council/BCEGI

Major regeneration project. Planning permission just secured for a 60,000 square feet Grade A office led scheme in the historic core of Middlesbrough and now working on the residential-led first phase of development as part of a much wider masterplan.

Hill Top Road, Walkden.

Client: Countryside Properties/Great Places/Redwaters.

Mixed use scheme comprising 91 affordable homes and a new changing room and community facility at Walkden Cricket Club. We also carried out community and stakeholder engagement in advance of the application being submitted.

Pin Mill House, Wardley Industrial Estate, Salford.

Client: Pin Mill Textiles.

Planning permission secured for 16,500 sqft logistics warehouse extension, which helps a local company continue to grow their successful business and sustain/create job opportunities for the surrounding communities.

Brimstage Road, Bebington.

Client Story Homes

Promotion of Green Belt land through the Wirral Local Plan for the development of 300 homes, which will culminate in participation at the Wirral Local Plan Examination in Public.

Strategic Land Promotion

Client: Redrow Homes

Hive are acting on behalf of Redrow Lancashire in respect of their land interests in Warrington and Greater Manchester, submitting representations on their behalf to the Warrington Local Plan and GMSF consultations, which will lead to participation in the respective Examinations in Public.

Hive have also won regional and national planning awards for our work on the Preston City Living Strategy with Preston City Council, including best overall project at the 2020 Planning Awards.

Who are we looking for?

At Hive, you’ll be part of a motivated and friendly team who’s focus is to provide high quality advice and deliver results for our clients. You’ll be encouraged to innovate and drive projects forward using your own initiative, but support will always be provided where you need it. There will also be the opportunity to get involved with other aspects of the Hive business, such as land searches and site introductions.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate that they have the majority of the following qualifications, experience and attributes:


  • Planning related degree and/or postgraduate qualification
  • Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) membership (essential)


  • Private sector planning consultancy experience (essential)
  • Managing major planning application submissions (essential)
  • Preparation and submission of Local Plan representations (essential)
  • Leading Community and Stakeholder consultation events (advantageous)
  • Excellent planning policy knowledge and report writing skills (essential)
  • Demonstrable project management skills, with experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams (essential)


  • Confident and personable communicator, with an ability to maintain positive working relationships
  • Self-motivated and capable of working to strict deadlines, operating within clear financial controls
  • Collaborative approach to work with team members, clients and local planning authorities
  • Solution focused, adopting innovative and creative approaches to independently deliver projects
  • Ability to run multiple projects at the same time and prioritise workload
  • Ability to work flexibly and work outside standard hours of work in response to business requirements
  • Commercially aware, understanding that planning is just part of a wider remit

Alongside the criteria listed above, you will also play an important role in helping to drive the future growth of Hive. Business development experience and/or having an established client base would therefore be an advantage, although it is not essential.

The successful candidate will require the use of their own car and a valid driving license.

If this role is of interest and you’re keen to join the Hive team, please contact Justin Cove at or 07880 187946 in the first instance and submit your CV via email no later than Friday 9 April 2021.

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