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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.

We offer both in-person and online design review panel sessions & these should be booked using our online booking system below.


Site visits can be carried out in-person or online using 360 degree virtual photographic tours (click here to see an example). 

Sessions are split into 'major' and 'minor' project types:-

Minor Projects = 1 to 5 residential dwellings

Major Project = 5 or more residential dwellings and non-residential projects

Local authorities suppporting the design review panel process in the east midlands ...

Panel Format

The Design Review Panel provides its independent and impartial services directly to applicants, design teams and local authorities across the east midlands, including: Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland.


Applicants may book a Design Review Panel sessions directly with the Panel for projects located anywhere in the east midlands, and the Panel's feedback is a material consideration in the planning process as per the National Planning Policy Framework. The design review panel process is actively used by local authorities across the east midlands region as part of their pre application process. Actively engaged local authorities across the east midlands include:-

Booking Query
What to submit
10 Principles of Design Review
Additional Terms of Reference
Local Authority Names
Local Authority Website
Amber Valley Borough Council
Ashfield District Council
Bassetlaw District Council
Blaby District Council
Bolsover District Council
Boston Borough Council
Broxtowe Borough Council
Charnwood Borough Council
Chesterfield Borough Council
City of Lincoln Council
Corby Borough Council
Daventry District Council
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire Dales
East Lindsey District Council
East Northamptonshire Council
East Staffordshire Borough Council
Erewash Borough
Gedling Borough Council
Harborough District Council
High Peak Borough Council
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
Huntingdonshire District Council
Kettering Borough Council
Leicester City Council
Leicestershire County Council
Lincoln City Council
Lincolnshire County Council
Mansfield District Council
Melton Borough Council
Milton Keynes Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Northamptonshire County Council
North East Derbyshire District Council
North Kesteven District Council
North West Leicestershire District Council
Northampton Borough Council
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Nuneaton & Bedworth
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council
Rushcliffe Council
Rutland County Council
South Derbyshire District Council
South Holland District Council
South Kesteven District Council
South Northamptonshire
West Lindsay

"Swindon's ambitious growth and regeneration plans are generating a buzz around the town. To capitalise on the attention our town is receiving it is vital that Swindon Borough Council works proactively with developers. Our Planning Committee has given unanimous approval to the setting up of the Swindon Design Review Panel as a vehicle to foster collaboration with developers. The Panel will offer practical advice to developers to help improve schemes coming forward. In so doing, I expect the Panel to add significant value to the development process in Swindon."  - David Dewart - Planning Manager, Swindon Borough Council - 2016

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