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

Mendip District Council Join the Somerset & Devon Design Review Panel


We are delighted to announce that Mendip District Council have voted to join the group of local authorities committed to raising the design standards in the built environment across the south west region by signing up to refer appropriate major and significant planning applications to the Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel.

Ian Bowen, Planning Manager at Mendip District Council said:-


"Achieving high quality places is at the heart of how we do things in Mendip. We are fortunate to be the custodians of an outstanding area and recognise that securing first-rate design is vital both for our residents and for our local economy.

We already strongly encourage applicants to seek advice on their schemes prior to making formal applications and have been looking for some time to formalise our independent design review arrangements.

I am delighted that the Council has decided to endorse the Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel (www.designreviewpanel.co.uk). Our planning members are clear that they intend to afford significant weight to the views of the Panel, sure in the knowledge that the advice applicants receive will be impartial and based on extensive local expertise."

We very much look forward to working with Mendip District Council in providing them with high quality, expert, impartial, independent, multidisciplinary, local design review panel services.

To refer a project to the Design Review Panel as part of your pre application discussions with Mendip District Council please contact Mendip District Council Planning Department www.mendip.gov.uk/contactus

Further details of the Design Review Panel, including other participating local authorities across the south west, panel member information and information in regard to the design review panel process can be seen at www.designreviewpanel.co.uk

Post by Jonathan Braddick Architect Devon

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