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

Planning for the Future Consultation - August 2020

Updated: Dec 16, 2020


The deadline to provide feedback to the Government on the upcoming planning reforms is fast approaching and the consultation closes at 23.45 Thursday 29th October 2020.


For anyone who hasn't already seen the consultation document, this can be read online by clicking here.



We are pleased to share below thoughts and feedback given by one of our Panel members, Arthur Tatchell. Arthur is an experienced Chartered Architect and Passivhaus Designer:


"This consultation seeks views on the proposals to reform the planning system in England. The following notes have been written after reading the proposals. They are not exhaustive.


The Forward from the Secretary of State makes interesting reading when he refers to building environmentally friendly homes that will not need to be expensively retrofitted. It is the opinion of many professionals that houses built to current building regulations will not meet that standard (ref: Tomas Gartner – RIBA presentation “Energy Retro-fitting”). I believe the Passivhaus (or similar, measured) standard should be the minimum, as in Europe.

Repeated Pattern
Pattern Book Development?!

Land is to be identified under three categories: Growth; Renewal and Protected areas. Local Plans and design codes will contain just a core set of standards. This appears simple and I do not think the detail has been addressed, especially with design codes which could lead to “pattern book” designs.