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

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.


Design Review Panel CPD 2nd October 2018 at Somerset County Cricket Ground

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.


The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

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