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 79 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

Para 79 House by Hawkes Architecture

Para 79 House in Dover Kent by Hawkes Architecture

Rockfish Exeter Quay

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

Pegasus Life Project Sidmouth Devon

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 (www.designreviewpanel.co.uk) 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 2017

Design Review Panel training session carried out in Exeter, Devon in December 2017. The event was extremely well attended and incorporated a mock design review panel session and design workshop

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 and independent design review panel services whilst maintaining social distancing.

Site visits are now being carried out using 360 Virtual Tours.

 

Sessions should be booked using our online booking system.  In light of Government advice, we are not currently offering in person face to face meetings.

Design Review Panel; A Guide For Developers, Consultants & Promoters

The below document is for all those on the ‘applicant’ side of the development & planning process; landowners, developers, consultants, architects & other designers. It explains how the design review panel process works & how to get the most from it. 

 

The design review panel process is referred to in paragraph 129 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which states that local authorities should ensure that they have access to, and make appropriate use of, and that they should give weight to the recommendations of design review panels.

Where a planning application goes to appeal and there are design issues involved, the inspector may well refer to the findings of The Design Review Panel. 


The Design Review Panel provides applicants with independent, impartial, multidisciplinary and constructive  feedback on the design of their proposals, and as such may speed up the planning process and reduce the risk of aborting work due to an unexpected planning application decision.