COVID-19 Adjustments; 

We are supporting applicants & local authorities by providing our services online, using video conferencing & remote desktop reviews. In this way we are offering high quality, expert, multidisciplinary & independent design review panel services.

Sessions should be booked using our online booking system.

Site visits are carried out using 360 Virtual Tours.

 'The Design Review Panel TM operates nationally, providing an impartial, multi-disciplinary, constructive, expert, review process during the pre-application stage of the planning process, to applicants & local authorities. Feedback from The Design Review Panel TM is a material consideration in planning application process , as per paragraph 129 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 
About The Design Review Panel TM

The Design Review Panel comprises a group of independent, multi-disciplinary construction professionals working in the field of the built environment. Click here to meet the Panel members...


The Panel provides impartial expert advice to applicants and local authorities on design issues in relation to important new development schemes and proposals for important public spaces, including both significant minor applications, major planning applications and pre-application development proposals.


As stated within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the Design Review Panel's feedback is a material consideration for local authorities and the planning inspectorate when determining planning applications. The Design Review Panel provides its services directly to applicants as well as to local authorities. 


The Design Review Panel operates nationally across England including in:- Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, City of London, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Yorkshire, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, London, Manchester, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire & Worcestershire.


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‘Design Review: Principles and Practice’ :- This guide was produced by CABE at the Design Council, the Landscape Institute, the RTPI & the RIBA. 

January 2020:

Two publications ‘Design Review Panel: A guide for Developers & Applicants' and ‘Design Review Panel: A guide for Local Authorities'  These have been produced by The Design Review Panel to provide guidance to applicants, design team & local authorities on how to best use The Design Review Panel as part of the planning process.


Sample Design Review Panel Case Studies

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Aims & Objectives of The Design Review Panel TM

The aim of The Design Review Panel is to improve design quality in the built environment. Its role is to review development proposals and provide feedback to developers, clients and local authorities. Design review is a very valuable opportunity to get additional expert help with the project. Projects will be presented to a Panel with at least 50 years combined experience in all aspects of design and built environment. We want to work with you to make the project as good as it possibly can be, for the benefit of the design team, the client, the local authority, the future users of the project and the public at large.


The Design Review Panel is not there to pass judgment; we aim to provide a constructive conversation about your project, the result of which is better design. The overwhelming majority of people who present to our Design Review Panel find it to be a positive and immensely useful experience.


The objective is to provide an independent, impartial evaluation process, where a multi-disciplinary panel of built environment experts assess the design of significant proposals. 

 Therefore The Design Review Panel TM:-


  • will be conducted by an independent panel of multi-disciplinary experts – practitioners with a different range of current experience and expertise in design and construction. As a prerequisite to joining the panel, these practitioners will have demonstrated a track record of good design in their own projects and the skills to appraise schemes objectively.

  • exists to offer applicants and their design teams with clear and constructive comments and guidance on schemes, aiding their improvement, but not to fundamentally redesign them.


  • advises and empowers the decision makers on how to improve design quality, so as to meet the needs of their communities and customers.


  • will support decision makers in resisting poorly designed schemes.


  • will support applicants and decision makers in gaining planning approval for well designed schemes.


Andy Robbins Service Lead City Development at Exeter City Council and Jenny Clifford, Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration at Mid Devon District Council.


“The Design Review Panel provides an opportunity for developers and local authorities alike to have access to some of the best built environment practitioners in the region. Working together proactively and passionately we can raise the quality of urban living and conserve and enhance the places that make our County the best in the country.” - Andy Robbins - Development Manager, Exeter City Council

Rockfish Restaurant, Historic Quay

A proposal to create a single storey, pavilion restaurant in the historic Exeter Quay by Grainge Architects. First reviewed by The Design Review Panel in 2017. The scheme has obtained planning approval and is currently being constructed on site (due for completion during early 2019)

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