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

The Design Review Panel Delivery Moves Online

Updated: Apr 29

We know it is a very challenging time for everyone and we are continuing to support applicants, design teams and local authorities.


Sessions are now being carried out using video conferencing, and should be booked using our online booking system in the usual way.  


We are continuing to offer a range of session options at different price points including:-



In light of Government advice, we are not currently offering 'in person' face to face meetings. Click on the image below to see a short (3 minute) film on how this works ...


We recognise that this is a different approach to how we have delivered our services in the past. However delivering our services online can offer opportunities, in terms of reduced travel time for all involved and reduced environmental impact. We already make extensive use of technology and have experience of online service delivery. If you have any queries or would like to discuss our new approach to design review panel sessions then contact us here.



Site visits are still being carried out but these are now being done using high resolution 360 panoramic photographic site tours. This enables those taking part in a design review panel session to still experience the site in an immersive way, whilst maintaining social distancing. For more information on our 360 Virtual Site Visits click here.


Other ways in which we are helping to support our peers whilst having to maintain social distancing is by continuing to provide high quality training and CPD. Full length films of our past speakers training presentations can be viewed on the 'Training' page of our website. These are available to watch online for only £9.95 each. We are continuing to produce more training films, which will be published on our website later this year. Our existing range of training presentations offers a valuable learning resource for fellow construction industry professionals, without the need to attend conferences or group CPD events. Current training films available to purchase and watch online are:-



Over the coming months, we look forward to working with you when developing the best approaches and technology solutions to delivering our services.


We are taking Coronavirus very seriously and following the Public Health England advice about the virus which is published here. This website contains advice about how to protect yourself and others and we would encourage everyone to look at this information and follow the advice.