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

Great Sideling - Paragraph 79 (e) House Approved - A Landscape Architects Perspective


Philip Hanson - Chartered Landscape Architect at The Landscape Practice
Philip Hanson - Landscape Architect

Many thanks to Philip Hanson CMLI of The Landscape Practice for providing the below thoughts from Chartered Landscape Architect's perspective on a paragraph 79 (e ) planning approval for 'Great Sideling', located in Mid Devon.

 


The Council of Europe Landscape Convention was adopted twenty years ago on 20 October 2000. This was the first international treaty to adopt our landscape as a critical resource. It was an important turning point, not only in the introduction of universal policy, but it also generated a heightened and general awareness of the landscape around us and its importance in our everyday lives at all levels, urban or rural, whatever the quality. This has become more meaningful as pressure for development and change has increased. Our understanding and interpretation of the physical and experiential context is essential in directing the changes we impose on it. This was a critical part of the design process for locating a new dwelling deep in the rural Devon countryside of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).



Para 79 (e) Springline House Landscape Visual
Para 79 (e) Great Sideling Landscape Visual

We are all familiar with Paragraph 79(e) of the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) relating to the development of isolated homes in the countryside. The design has to be not only of exceptional quality’, and truly outstanding or innovative’, but also has to significantly enhance its immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area'. Really understanding the baseline characteristics, the physical and true, emotional character of the context, is the essential starting point in directing design of exceptional quality and achieving a true inevitability of synergy between landscape and architecture. A process which should be applied to all development projects, but sadly is often not understood.


This project investigated the opportunity for a Paragraph 79(e) dwelling on an agricultural fie