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 Inspectorate Gives Significant Weight to Feedback from a Design Review Panel in Bedford...

We are delighted to report that the Planning Inspectorate has given significant weight to feedback given by a design review panel for a proposed paragraph 79 (e) house in Bedford (Bedford Borough Council reference 18/02520/FUL). Nicolas Tye Architects have secured planning permission at a planning appeal for the erection of one single storey dwelling in the countryside- (Appeal ref:- APP/K0235/W/19/3241508).



The local authority recommended that, prior to the submission of a planning application, the design was put to an appropriate design review panel to provide an independent , impartial, multidisciplinary design review.


The proposals were subject to a design review panel on three occasions and the first session incorporated a site visit. The consulted design review panel were ultimately very supportive, of what they considered to be a high-quality design stating:


"The most recent revisions to the scheme are positive individually and beneficial for the overall proposal, meeting the parameters set out in Paragraph 79 of the NPPF for sustainable development in rural areas."


It is excellent to see that the Planning Inspectorate has agreed with the views of a design review panel and given significant weight to feedback given.

The issues identified and considered by the Planning Inspector were:-

1. The main issue is whether or not the proposed design is of exceptional quality, as defined and required under paragraph 79(e) of the National Planning Policy Framework (February 2019) (the Framework), so as to justify the development of an isolated home in the countryside.


2. The inspector acknowledges that the Council, in their reason for refusing planning permission, has cited conflict with the development plan by virtue of the proposal not making a meaningful contribution to supporting the vitality and viability of services and facilities in nearby settlements. Nevertheless, it is the inspectors's interpretation of the Council’s case that these objections would fall away should it be found that the proposal accords with the requirements of paragraph 79(e) of the Framework.

Within the Planning Inspectors decision document, the inspector specifically gives significant weight to design review panel feedback, and states: -

“It was ultimately found [by a design review panel] that the scheme meets the exceptional quality threshold as set out in the Framework. Considering the ODRP’s [ design review panel] independent nature and standing, I attach significant importance to their advice and findings. ”

The Inspectors report goes on to concur with the design review panel guidance and feedback given during the pre-application design stage, stating: -

“I am satisfied that the proposal is truly outstanding. It reflects the highest standards in architecture and would raise standards of design in the local rural area. The proposal would significantly enhance its immediate setting whilst being sensitive to the defining characteristics of the area. The design is thus of exceptional quality, as defined and required under paragraph 79(e) of the National Planning Policy Framework (February 2019) (the Framework), so as to justify the development of an isolated home in the countryside.”

This appeal decision is an excellent example of the benefit of engaging with an independent, impartial, multidisciplinary and expert Design Review Panel as part of the early design/pre-application stage of a built environment project. A well-deserved result for the applicant and their design team who thoroughly and genuinely engaged in the design review process from the outset.

[For another example of the Planning Inspectorate giving the feedback from The Design Review Panel significant weight, please click here ...]

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Blog written by Jonathan Braddick

Design Review Panel Manager &

Chartered Architect 2020

www.designreviewpanel.co.uk

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