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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.

KINGSTON ROAD – Taunton Block of 40 New Apartments

Many thanks to Reed Holland Associates who have provided the below update on their project (now on site) on Kingston Road in Taunton, that they brought to our South West Design Review Panel back in December 2013 ...

"Reed Holland Associates were appointed by our client, No. 1 Kingston Road Limited, to prepare a planning application for the demolition of a former snooker hall and nightclub opposite the entrance to Taunton Railway Station and its replacement with a new block of 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The design proposals represented a major application for a five-storey block of flats of a contemporary design.

Kingston Road Taunton Design Review Panel Project

During the pre-application period, it was recommended that the scheme be brought to the Design Review Panel for their appraisal. We presented our scheme to the Panel who engaged us in some exchange and debate that was helpful and in some instances challenged our own thinking in a positive way. To our surprise Panel members suggested that there was scope to include an additional level of accommodation in the centre of the building; however, the design was in its later stages at this point and so the client chose not to alter the design at the time.

The planning officer’s report to Committee contained a helpful summary of the views and opinions of the Design Review Panel, with which he was in agreement. His recommendation was for approval, and when it came to the vote the Committee voted overwhelmingly in favour and the application was approved.

With commencement came certain challenges, the first of which was the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) in excess of £50,000 payable to Taunton Deane Borough Council. Following that, complex discussions with Wessex Water had to be undertaken regarding the trunk sewer passing through the site. Added to that, the site had to be CFA (continuous flight auger) piled due to poor ground conditions. Furthermore, it has been necessary to partially close Railway Street, blocking vehicular access for almost 12 months.

The obstacles overcome, the building is now under construction with the steelwork nearly complete, having reached the fifth floor. It is clear at this stage that the Design Review Panel was correct in their assessment that the massing could support an additional level – although this was not the original intention, the design of the foundations and steel frame make it entirely possible. The client is currently liaising with Taunton Deane Borough Council to gain planning approval for a sixth floor comprising a further four apartments.

Reed Holland Associates is a creative architectural practice based in the south-west with a reputation for innovative and sustainable design. With over thirty years’ experience, we undertake projects of various sizes in the residential, commercial, industrial and education sectors.

The practice is responsible for several community-based and sporting facility provision projects in the south west. These include the Centre for Outdoor Activity and Community Hub, or COACH, in Taunton.

Other projects include new corporate headquarters for Shearwell Data on Exmoor and a number of mixed use schemes for sites in Somerset, Devon and Dorset and further afield".

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