back to listings SME Profile: Hyas Associates

Makers Mansion, 37 Silver Street, Newport Pagnell, MK16 0EJ

t: 01908 887330 e: w:

Hyas is an exciting town planning, master planning and placemaking consultancy,  focussed upon helping deliver great places through the planning system. The practice has a particular niche, high level of knowledge and experience relating to delivering large scale growth initiatives, urban extensions, new settlements, Garden Communities and wider growth strategies, along with offering direct support and project management on large scale, complex schemes.

We support and provide advice to help strategic projects move successfully through the planning system using a unique and trusted approach which sets us apart from traditional planning consultants – based upon positive planning, active engagement & collaboration, a keen understanding of delivery and a mindset focussed on finding solutions.

Our core activities include working on planning strategies, visioning, policy making, development management, placemaking, master planning, deploying new planning tools, stakeholder & community engagement, viability, delivery vehicles, funding opportunities, infrastructure planning & scheme deliverability. We often deploy our broad experience, technical astuteness and knowledge to provide strategic critical friend support together with direct hands-on capacity and project management support to ensure that important local projects can make positive progress through the planning system. See More About Hyas


Our Approach and Expertise

Planning and delivering large scale growth initiatives, strategic projects and other important sites or regeneration programs is a complex process that requires a unique blend of skills, dedication and a proactive approach.

We provide a bespoke, personal and dedicated service to meet client requirements and will select the right team to address issues and challenges in a flexible way. Our approach, based upon close collaborative working, addresses needs whilst also developing the capability and capacity of the people we work with.

Our team of experienced town planning consultants provide a wide range of planning and delivery services to both public and private sector clients to support them through the process.

We have a particularly strong understanding and considerable experience of supporting Local Authorities in the planning process, working with officers, elected members and local communities to consider and evolve locally appropriate approaches and we will operate in a flexible and responsive manner so that we respond to clients’ needs and can provide advice and support across a broad range of activity.


What we can provide

Strategy & Project Management Support

  • Critical friend advice - Acting as key critical friend/advisor to clients relating to large scale growth matters, both at area wide and site-specific scales.
  • Project & programme management - Expert & focused support to manage and ensure delivery of specific projects/programmes. This includes the provision of direct resources to lead projects; address skills/resource gaps across both the public & private sectors on large scale / complex projects/sites/management and procurement of consultants on behalf of clients;
  • Brokerage & negotiation = Acting in an impartial capacity to help resolve issues/challenges and disagreements between project partners.
  • Decision making and governance – establishing appropriate and proportionate structures and mechanisms to enable effective, trusted and collaborative decision making to enable better outcomes
  • Stakeholder & community engagement - Delivering, coordinating engagement processes, including preparation of strategies, facilitating/leading consultation/engagement processes, preparing consultation materials (including web based) and drawing together outcomes into report/strategies.

Planning Support

  • Project specific planning strategies - Consideration & advice relating to taking projects through the planning system, from policy, pre-application, development management and into delivery.
  • Policy development & evidence base services - Support to prepare suitable evidence bases relating to large scale sites coming forward through Local Plan making processes, including advice on site allocations/broad locations, green belt issues, deliverability, viability, infrastructure requirements, trajectories & build rates, etc.
  • Planning application support - Coordination & management of pre-application discussions between applicants and local authorities, including preparation & management of Planning Performance Agreements. This could also include the direct coordination of large-scale applications including preparation of specific documents (such as planning statements, socio economic assessments and other studies). We can also provide quasi case officer type support to manage and coordinate determination of submitted planning applications.
  • Applying appropriate planning tools and mechanisms - Support to utilise new planning tools effectively, such as thinking through the best approaches to aspects such as pre-application engagement and use of Planning Performance Agreements, outline planning, Local Development Orders, etc.
  • Stakeholder & community engagement - Delivering, coordinating engagement processes related to the evolution of specific projects and programmes.
  • Elected Members – advising and delivery of bespoke member training on key/relevant issues

Master Planning & Placemaking

  • A collaborative approach to placemaking =  Helping clients to realise quality design outcomes for their garden communities and high streets, through exploiting the overlap between design and planning, a genuine commitment to people and consensus building, best practice advice, all supported by our track record of design delivery and funding.
  • Vision, concepts and objectives – working closely with clients and their partners to put together genuinely distinctive vision statements and supporting objectives, developing corresponding spatial concepts, enshrining them in local policies, charters and prospectuses.
  • Urban design frameworks, placemaking studies and masterplans - Preparing comprehensive area-based design frameworks for garden communities, large scale residential led opportunities and high streets.
  • Design codes, guides and charters - Promoting the delivery of concepts and masterplans though the collaborative development of guidance and SPDs in the context of the latest government guidance and planning tools.
  • An inclusive design process - Often collaborating with other designers, including – design review, workshops, ‘critical friend’ support and training.
  • Securing high quality design of place - Overall, promoting a holistic approach to place making, based on the creation of sustainable communities, and ensuring that planning tools are deployed effectively to secure quality outcomes.

Implementation and Delivery

  • Viability advice - Preparation and brokerage relating to site specific viability assessments, using bespoke tools such as the Garden City/Large Site Model (GCLS).
  • Decision making and governance = Advice and preparation of robust and effective decision making and governance structures relevant to the particular project, issues and required outcomes.
  • Growth & infrastructure studies & strategies -Preparation of area wide and site-specific growth and infrastructure strategies.
  • Funding support & bid preparation - Supporting Local Authorities to bid for funding support in response to opportunities, such as preparation of bids for infrastructure funding; capacity support and other initiatives such as Levelling Up Fund
  • Delivery strategies, models & advice - Preparation of delivery strategies considering approaches to planning, funding and provision of infrastructure. This includes considerations of approaches to land, funding and infrastructure and the required governance and delivery models/mechanisms,  for example the potential use of Locally Led Development Corporations

 Why Choose Us

  • Fully responsive to client needs
  • Positive approach to working with you to deliver results
  • Trusted and highly respected in the sector
  • Unrivalled knowledge & experience
  • Multi-Disciplinary approach
  • Flexible and adaptable to provide a bespoke service relevant to each project
  • Dedicated senior/experienced resource
  • Focused on Delivery models & governance. Advising on potential models and mechansims, for example the potential use of Locally Led Development Corporations.







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