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

Swindon Council Launch NEW Design Review Panel



We are delighted to announce that Swindon Borough Council have launched a NEW Swindon Design Review Panel (www.designreviewswindon.co.uk).

The Launch event was held on the 14th July 2016 at the Steam Museum in Swindon, and there were over 75 delegates in attendance, including architects, urban designers, landscape architects, planners, developers and community representatives. Lots more photographs from the evening can be seen by clicking here.


The event included an introduction by Councillor Toby Elliot, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, as well as a presentation by Peter Garitsis, Urban Designer / Master Planner at Swindon Borough Council. Peter outlined the ongoing urban design work and regeneration currently taking place in Swindon as well as the exciting future proposals and available opportunities for investment and regeneration.


Against this context, Peter explained how the new Swindon Design Review Panel will be of great benefit to both the local authority and applicants.

The presentation by Peter Garitsis was followed with a presentation by, architect and Panel administrator, Jonathan Braddick on how the new local Swindon Design Review Panel will operate.


Jonathan also invited applications from professionals who would like to join the volunteer pool of Panel experts.

The presentations were followed by a lively question and answer session, and the evening concluded with a champagne drinks reception. The event was attended by construction industry professionals from a wide range of professions, planning officers and developers.

The new Panel was extremely well received by all in attendance, with the first Panel sessions in Swindon scheduled for late September 2016 and are booked on a first come first served basis. If you have any projects that you would like to be reviewed by the Panel, please contact Swindon Borough Council Planning Department to book your session on either Tel: (01793) 445500 or via email: sbcdc@swindon.gov.uk

Any queries in regard to the Design Review Panel process or those wishing to apply to be a volunteer Panel member should contact the Panel Administrator Jonathan Braddick on 01395 265768, or by email jb@designreviewpanel.co.uk.

This Design Review Panel has initially been established for Swindon Council, although other local authorities are welcome to apply to participate. Enquiries should be made to Jonathan Braddick by emailing jb@designreviewpanel.co.uk or telephoning 01395 265768.

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