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The Forum Exeter, Devon

An RIBA south west award wining building at Exeter University in Devon; The Forum. This building benefited from design review during the design and pre-planning stage

Design Review Panel Training 2018

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Taunton and the Somerset County Cricket Ground in November 2018. The event was extremely well attended by local authority representatives, house builders and design team members

Exeter Quay by Jonathan Braddick

Photograph of Exeter Quay taken by Architect and Design Review Panel Manager Jonathan Braddick. The Design Review Panel holds regular design review panel sessions at Exeter City Council

Design Review Panel Training 2018

Design Review Panel training event 2018. Jonathan Tricker, Highways Engineer, Urban Designer & Director at Phil Jones Associates, gave a talk entitled: ‘Highway Design in Placemaking’

Steiner School Exeter

The design review Panel was engaged by Willmott Dixon during the pre-application design stage of the project to help them prepare a design that would be acceptable to the local authority

Design Review Panel Site Visit Poole

Photograph from a 2018 design review panel site visit carried out in Dorset in 2018. A full sit down design review panel was subsequently held in the Poole Borough Council Offices

North Grays Farm Para 80 House

External visualization for a NPPF paragraph 55 (now 79) house that was presented to the design review panel. This project has subsequently gone on to achieve planning permission and is now built on site

Design Review Panel Training 2017

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon in December 2017. The event was extremely well attended by local authority representatives, house builders and design team members

Exeter Quay - Rockfish Restaurant

A small but sensitive project in Exeter Quay; The Rockfish Restaurant has been designed by Grainge Architects who engaged with The Design Review Panel during the design & pre -application planning stage

Extra Care Development by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Pegasus Life secured planning permission through public inquiry for a Sarah Wigglesworth Architects scheme for a C2 assisted living community at The Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon. The Design Review Panel ( were instructed by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to provide multidisciplinary, expert, independent and impartial guidance and feedback to the local authority, applicant and design team during the pre-application design stage.

Plymouth Hoe

Photograph of Plymouth Hoe, Devon. The Design Review Panel holds regular design review panel sessions at Plymouth City Council

Design Review Panel Training

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon. The event was extremely well attended and incorporated a mock design review panel session and design workshop.


Alastair Curran

Planning Manager

Alastair started his career in Development Management, handling a series of planning applications increasing in size and complexity as his career progressed. He has handled large volumes of applications simultaneously, covering all aspects of development from householder applications to major mixed use developments and everything in between. He also has a keen interest in Gypsy and Traveller planning, forming his second master’s dissertation, which coincided with his handling of a number of significant Gypsy and Traveller applications.

Besides focusing more on major developments, Alastair has been involved in site allocations and Local Plan Reviews. He successfully defended a number of appeals whilst in the public sector and regularly presented cases at planning committees. Given the locations he has worked, he has extensive experience of both urban and rural development challenges, as well as experience in working within a sensitive heritage setting and a sensitive environmental setting directly impacted by climate change. He became heavily involved in mixed use, student, and elderly care (both C2 and C3) developments whilst working in the public sector.

Regarding his move to the private sector, he worked alongside an established client base, but also expanded upon this developing the business. He brought in new options regarding services and handled strategic land promotion across East Anglia besides providing traditional planning and application services. He worked across all phases of the policy process, ultimately securing a number of promoted sites as allocations in Local Plans. Although he handled a number of major projects through the application process, he also managed a number of smaller speculative developments and farm diversification schemes employing a range of tactics, but regularly utilising political support. He has worked on a number of Paragraph 55/79/80 dwellings and secured consents for a range of custom and self-build dwellings outside of settlement boundaries.

Under his current role he oversees all planning matters for a region for a national volume house builder, sitting across the technical and land teams. He is primarily involved from acquisition to occupation of dwellings, securing consents and project managing the development process to secure a steady supply of dwellings to be built each year. He assists in land identification and feasibility work, whether this be via strategic land or immediate land opportunities, to then ensure the right permissions are in place. In addition, he is involved in planning policy, submitting representations on policy reviews and site allocations, ensuring the right context is in place to support the business. This includes keeping abreast of recent case law and political changes to the planning environment and disseminating this knowledge with the wider team.

Throughout his career he has been heavily involved in various supporting roles, whether through work, the RTPI, other organisations, and now by guest lecturing at universities. Alastair is an avid believer in training and mentoring and has supported a number of individuals over the years. He encourages thinking outside the box, and seeking innovative solutions to old problems. Where possible he seeks to utilise new research and technologies and seeks to partner up contemporary academic research with the wider industry.

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