Panel Format

 

 Multi-disciplinary

At each session the panel will be made up of six built environment professionals;  the administrator/chairperson and five rotating panel members, who will be selected from a pool. 

Any Design Review Panel is only as good as its members. It is therefore crucial to have the right mix of skills and experience to provide clear, objective advice. In recognition of this, the Panel pool includes built environment professionals from a range of disciplines. This enables panel members with the appropriate skill set and experience to be selected for the scheme being reviewed. 

The Design Review Panel pool includes, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, conservation specialists, ecological or sustainability experts, civil engineers, structural engineers, chartered surveyors, independent town planners and arboriculturalists. For details of The Design Review Panel members, Click here ...

Design Review Timing

Ideally, schemes will be submitted to the panel at the pre-application stage of the planning process. This is the best time to take advantage of a review, whilst the design is still fluid. This can help proposers to identify the design aspects of schemes that should be improved. This in turn may help the authority resolve design issues before the application is submitted, saving both the Local Authority and the applicant time and expense.

 

The design review will be treated as a conversation about work in progress, not a verdict on an outcome.

 

The review may precede the pre-application meeting with the planners, but it will usually follow it, when wider policy matters have been aired.

 

Leaving review until the planning application stage is possible, but may make it more difficult for the design team to make changes

Ideally, schemes will be submitted to the panel at the pre-application stage of the planning process. This is the best time to take advantage of a review, whilst the design is still fluid. This can help proposers to identify the design aspects of schemes that should be improved. This in turn may help the authority resolve design issues before the application is submitted, saving both the Local Authority and the applicant time and expense.

The design review will be treated as a conversation about work in progress, not a verdict on an outcome.

The review may precede the pre-application meeting with the planners, but it will usually follow it, when wider policy matters have been aired.

Leaving review until the planning application stage is possible, but may make it more difficult for the design team to make changes.

 Information to Provide to the Panel ...

There is no set requirement for the level of information to be submitted in advance of a panel session, or the content of the presentation made to the panel. However, in order to gain the maximum benefit from The Design Review Panel session, it is recommended that the project team provide as much information as possible. Click here, for a guide to the information to be provided ... 

 
 

Session Timings

Each session will be 90 minutes long. The panel will strictly adhere to the session times, to ensure one session does not run into another.

The proposed format and timings for each session are as follows:

1.0 Presentation:

Applicants will be given a maximum of 20 minutes to present their scheme. They may do this in whatever format that they wish, (e.g. Powerpoint presentation, physical model or display boards). Clear and detailed presentations will enable a more beneficial review process. Presenters will be expected to bring their own laptops, projectors, power cables etc. Click here for a guide on suggested information to be provided to the Panel as part of the presentation.

2.0 Questions:

Having watched the presentation and made notes, the Panel members will be given the opportunity, in turn, to ask questions of the presenters. These questions may lead to further discussion, but in-depth feedback will not be given at this stage.

3.0 Discussion:-

Once each of the Design Review Panel members have asked their questions, the presenters and any Local Authority representatives will be asked to leave the room. The panel will then confer privately with each other, thoroughly discussing their thoughts.

4.0 Panel Summary:-

The presenters and Local Authority representatives will then be asked to return to the room. The Design Review Panel Chairperson will verbally summarise the comments made by the Panel in a clear and constructive manner. Each of the Panel members will then be given the opportunity to make final comments. 

5.0 Conclusion & Feedback:-

At this stage the Design Review Panel session is concluded. The Panel Administrator will amalgamate the notes from the meeting and produce a clear actionable written report that will be provided to the relevant Local Authority (LA) planning department via the designated planning officer. The Local Authority will in turn issue this to the applicant.

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