Design Review Panel & Taunton Garden Town CPD Day - 2nd October 2018


Following the success of our last CPD / training event in Exeter on the 4th December 2017, we are delighted to be holding another Design Review Panel CPD day, focusing on Taunton’s Garden Town status and supported by Taunton Deane Borough Council. The event is to be held at the Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton.


The event is aimed at design team members, local authority planning officers, Councillors and applicants/scheme promoters.

The morning will include presentations from Tim Burton (Assistant Director Planning & Environment Taunton Deane Borough Council & West Somerset Council), Jane Fowles, (Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, Director at Novell Tullett) and Jon Tricker (South West Director, Phil Jones Associates). Please see below for the speakers biographies. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

The afternoon will include a mock design review panel session/workshop, presented by David Drummond (Reed Holland Architects & Interior Designers) and Tim Burton (Taunton Deane Borough Council & West Somerset Council).

A buffet lunch is provided as are further refreshments and opportunities to mingle throughout the day. The event will conclude with drinks; wine & fruit juice.


Design Review Panel feedback is a material consideration in the Planning process. Paragraph 129 of the 2018 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states: -

"Local planning authorities should ensure that they have access to, and make appropriate use of, tools and processes for assessing and improving the design of development. These include workshops to engage the local community, design advice and review arrangements ...

... These are of most benefit if used as early as possible in the evolution of schemes, and are particularly important for significant projects such as large scale housing and mixed use developments. In assessing applications, local planning authorities should have regard to the outcome from these processes, including any recommendations made by design review panels."

Paragraph 131 goes on to say:

" In determining applications, great weight should be given to outstanding or innovative designs which promote high levels of sustainability, or help raise the standard of design more generally in an area, so long as they fit in with the overall form and layout of their surroundings."


The Design Review Panel was launched in 2013, upon the invitation of a group of local authorities to provide impartial, independent, multidisciplinary and expert peer review to design teams, applicants and local authorities; www.designreviewpanel.co.uk

2nd October 2018 Design Review Panel CPD Programme:-

All speakers below are confirmed, (the programme is subject to change and the final timetable will be announced shortly).

09:00 Registration and Welcome Refreshments including Bacon Rolls

10:00 Introduction – Jonathan Braddick, Manager of The Design Review Panel

10:20 ‘Local Authority Viewpoint; The importance of good design in the planning process (with a focus on Taunton’s garden town status)’ - Tim Burton (Assistant Director Planning & Environment Taunton Deane Borough Council & West Somerset Council)

11:00 ‘Place Making, Landscape & Urban Design – the value of green infrastructure' – Jane Fowles, (Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, Director at Novell Tullett)

11:40 Q&A Session

11:50 Refreshments

12:10 ‘The Essential Role of Highways Design in Place Making; with a look at the proposals around Taunton & the wider sub region' (Jon Tricker, Director (South West), Phil Jones Associates

12:45 Audience Questions

12:50 Mock Design Review Panel Workshop Introduction

13:00 Buffet Lunch

14:30 Afternoon Introduction

14:40 Video Presentation; David Drummond, Director, Reed Holland Associates

15:00 Groups Exercise

15:20 Mock Design Review Panel Discussion, Questioning & Conclusions - Jonathan Braddick, The Design Review Panel & David Drummond, Director, Reed Holland Architects & Interior Designers

15:50 Conclusions

16:00 Refreshments & Networking

17:00 Departure

The Speakers


Tim Burton (Assistant Director Planning & Environment Taunton Deane Borough Council & West Somerset Council)

Tim has over thirty years of experience working for a number of local authorities in the south west, both as a planning practitioner and more recently as a leader. He is a Chartered Town Planner with a range of practical experience having spent much of his early career as a Development Control case officer, but he also has worked as part of a Planning Policy team preparing Local Plans. He spent four years managing the Development Management team at Taunton Deane Borough Council before taking on a wider leadership role encompassing the full range of Planning services and more recently Housing Enabling and the Council's HRA new build programme.

Since 2013 as Assistant Director (Planning and Environment) Tim has led a team providing Planning Services to both West Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council. During this time the team has delivered both Council's Development Plans to adoption as well as maintaining high levels of performance whilst at the same time achieving significant savings for the two Councils.

Tim has a particular interest in flood and drainage issues in a planning context. He had a key role in the preparation of the Somerset 20 year flood plan following the Somerset Levels floods and is now taking forward a strategic flood alleviation project for Taunton. Tim is a member of the Somerset Rivers Authority Management Group.

Tim has taken a key role in gaining Garden Town status for Taunton and has led liaison with DCLG and Homes England as well as discussions with developers and site promoters.

He has also led a Peer Review team working on behalf of the Planning Advisory Service and the Local Government Association.

Tim has been instrument in the setting up of the 'Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel' aka 'The Design Review Panel' that now provides its services across the south west region.


David Drummond, (Director, Reed Holland Associates)

David graduated from Glasgow in 1991 and went on to complete a further postgraduate qualification in Dundee. He completed his training with local practices in Scotland he joined Albert Speer and Partners based in Frankfurt, Germany and worked on a variety of industrial and commercial office buildings.

After spending 10 years in Germany, gaining experience in a range of projects including the Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank Traders Center and several Media Distribution Centres within Europe and Asia, he returned to the UK. On his return he joined Foster & Partners working on projects including the Gibraltar Masterplan and the Aldwych Hotel in London.

To further enhance his UK experience David successfully led a major landmark mixed use development at Hammersmith Grove in London and was also involved in the design of a number of private villas and the upgrade of a significant building located on Regent Street into viable office space.

He has dealt with major corporate clients over an extensive portfolio of work focusing on key commercial projects for major companies including IBM, EDF and Deutsche Bank. His experience also includes industrial, educational, military and leisure schemes giving him wide range of expertise across a number of sectors.


Jane Fowles, (Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, Director at Novell Tullett)

As a chartered Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Managing Director of Novell Tullett, Jane’s expertise in urban landscape, masterplanning, design and regeneration of urban areas adds value to the quality of public realm which is key to the success of new developments.

Jane has been project leader for a wide range of projects within both rural and urban environments, including landscape design and implementation, historic research/evaluation and landscape/townscape assessment. Past projects have included design and implementation of new residential districts; schools’ and university campuses; public realm within historic environments; restoration of woodland and riverine sites; the preparation of lottery bids for funding; as well as landscape, townscape and visual assessment for planning appraisals and AONB evaluation.

Jane is a visiting urban design tutor at the School of Architecture at the University of Wales and has also given lectures on planting design and the development of shared space. She has given talks on the value of using landscape to understand urban identity, and the potential for urban regeneration in Ulaanbaatur Mongolia.

Member of the Urban Design Group, Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, Co-chair of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, member of the Challenge Cornwall Panel and a South West Design Review Panel member


Jon Tricker (South West Director, Phil Jones Associates)

Jonathan is a Director at Phil Jones Associates and runs the south west offices in Bristol and Exeter. He is a flexible and innovative engineer with 21 years commercial experience in transport and urban design, focusing on urban and development planning. He is a highly capable project director, and is used to leading, project managing and working with large inter-disciplinary teams.

Jonathan’s core work involves project management, transport inputs to master plans and development projects, and urban realm projects.

He has worked on a large number of major growth projects involving transport planning and infrastructure consideration. He is currently advising on Harlow Garden Town, Filton Airfield Bristol and Buckover Garden Village. In the past, he has advised on Birmingham, Big City Plan, Clonburris Dublin and Garden Villages at Welborne Fareham and Taunton Growth. He has also been involved in a number of major city based projects involving urban realm design including Liverpool Lime Street Gateway, BCC World at Broadcasting House and Bristol Temple Meads Area Development Framework.

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written by Jonathan Braddick - south west design review panel manager

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