Stuart Sage and Mark Vaughan have left Government agency Homes England to co-found Hive Land & Planning, a Manchester-based consultancy providing development advice to the public and private sector.
Sage was previously head of land for the North West at Homes England, where he worked for nearly nine years. In this role, Sage specialised in de-risking and disposal of the public estate, especially across Lancashire. He sat on a number of national and regional advisory boards, including for Garden Villages, devolved regional structures such as the Preston, South Ribble & Lancashire City Deal, design panels, and placemaking boards. Before Homes England he worked at planning consultancy Turley.
Vaughan was a senior manager in the Homes England land team and looked at commercial solutions on the delivery of residential sites. He worked on unlocking previously stalled sites across Central Lancashire and beyond. Prior to Homes England, he worked for Savills.
The initial two-man business will offer expertise in project management, strategic land advice, site promotion, planning, commercial negotiation, valuations, appraisals, viability and due diligence, site finding and evaluation, acquisition and disposal.
Sage said: “This is a hugely exciting new venture for us. We have worked together for many years and bring together a complementary skills set in providing solutions for the delivery of land. We have a track record of unlocking sites and an outstanding network of contacts, and can’t wait to deploy this in a consultancy role.”
Vaughan said: “’We’re really pleased to launch. Delivering land is a passion for us, and is something we have been doing successfully for many years. We want to provide a collaborative approach to realising people’s growth ambitions, providing a high level of service whilst being focused, nimble and flexible.”
Hive has already secured instructions from private sector developers and local councils.
- For more information on Hive Land & Planning, visit www.hiveland.co.uk