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

Residential Development in Poole Gains Planning Approval with Support from The Design Review Panel


artist impression of an urban extension at Cruxton Farm, Poole
Cruxton Farm, Poole - Urban Extension Artist Impression

As part of a series of articles showcasing examples of projects that The Design Review Panel has reviewed, we are pleased to share details of a planning approval for up to 550 dwellings, a 62-bed care home, allotments, play areas, community car park, public open space and over 16 hectares of suitable alternative natural greenspace (SANG) which was approved by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s Planning Committee earlier this year. The applicant was Richborough Estates, and the design team and planning agents were Savills.


In total the site is circa 45 hectares. It adjoins existing development to the south and is bounded by the river Stour to the north. At the eastern end of the site is the Canford Magna Conservation Area and the Grade 1 Canford School (formerly Canford Manor House), with its former carriage drive bisecting the site. To the west is the further Conservation Area of Oakley Lane and a mix of residential and some commercial buildings.


Cruxton Farm, Poole - Urban Extension Constraints Masterplan
Cruxton Farm, Poole - Urban Extension Constraints Masterplan

There are several listed buildings within the vicinity of the site including some Lady Wimborne Cottages, a style associated with the former Canford Manor. There are various Tree Preservation Orders within the site boundary and part of the SANG area is within the floodplain.

Cruxton Farm, Poole - Urban Extension Sketch