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 Feedback Instrumental in NPPF Para 79 Approval in Kent


We are delighted to announce that feedback from The Design Review Panel has carried significant weight and been instrumental in the granting of planning permission under National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) paragraph 79e for a unique new build dwelling in Worth, Kent. Permission was granted by Dover District Council on the 21st June 2019 (18/01288).


The projects planning consultant Rob Hughes (MTCP MRTPI, Director at Hughes Planning) has said:-

"We are delighted to have secured permission for our 14th Para 79 house approval in June 2019. At the request of Dover District Council, we approached The Design Review Panel to undertake an independent review of our scheme and in the light of the positive comments that were received, this provided the necessary confidence and assurance to the Local Planning Authority that the proposals met the 'high bar' set by Para 79(e) of the National Planning Policy Framework. We would like to thank the Panel for their invaluable role in assisting the design team in achieving approval for a fabulous scheme."


"The involvement & endorsement from The Design Review Panel was sufficient to give the council the confidence that the proposals were of the quality to jump over the high bar set by the policy." - Richard Hawkes - Chartered Architect & Director of Hawkes Architecture

In reviewing the proposals the Panel considered that the architectural strategies were presented within the reviewed documentation with a laudable simplicity and clarity.


Furthermore it was considered that there was much to commend the proposals. It is felt to be refreshing to see a NPPF paragraph 79 (e) proposal that is relatively modest in scale, yet that has the potential to deliver a building of a strong identity and presence achieved through the quality of architectural expression, rather than size. The building’s form successfully presents a bold and unfamiliar geometry, whilst retaining continuity with the local vernacular.


Full details can be seen on the local authorities planning portal by clicking here ...

Images courtesy of Hawkes Architecture - http://www.hawkesarchitecture.co.uk/

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