'The Design Review Panel provides impartial, multi-disciplinary, expert, peer review evaluation as part of the planning stage, to applicants, design teams & local authorities across the South West'


The Design Review Panel is formed of a group of independent, multi-disciplinary construction professionals working in the field of the built environment. Click here to see futher details of the panel members ... 

The Design Review Panel provides independent professional advice to applicants, design teams and local authorities on design issues in regard to significant new development schemes and proposals for important public spaces, including both major planning applications and pre-application development proposals.

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The aim is to provide an independent and impartial peer review process, where a multi disciplinary group of built environment professionals review and offer constructive advice on the design of significant development proposals.

 Therefore The Design Review Panel:-

  •  will be conducted by an independent panel of multi-disciplinary experts – practitioners with a different range of current experience and expertise in design and construction. As a prerequisite to joining the panel, these practitioners will have demonstrated a track record of good design in their own projects and the skills to appraise schemes objectively. 
  • exists to offer constructive comments on schemes, aiding their improvement, but not to fundamentally redesign them.
  • advises and empowers the decision makers on how to improve design quality, so as to meet the needs of their communities and customers.
  • will support decision makers in resisting poorly designed schemes.
  • will support decision makers in approving well designed schemes.


“Plymouth City Council is really pleased to be able to offer a Design Review Panel once again.  As a Council we strongly support the design review process to ensure that quality design is put at the heart of regeneration in Plymouth.  We are really looking forward to working with the new team of professionals who make up the panel and hope developers will take up the offer of having their projects reviewed by a team of independent specialists who are here to help Plymouth grow into one of Europe’s finest and most vibrant waterfront cities.” - Peter Ford - Head of Development Management, Plymouth City Council - 2013

Principles of Design Review ...


  • ​Independent

  • Expert

  • Multidisciplinary

  • Accountable

  • Transparent

  • Proportional

  • Timely

  • Advisory

  • Objective

  • Understandable

Design Review Report ...

AUGUST, 2013

New publication ‘Design Review: Principles & practice’:- A publication produced by CABE at the Design Council, the Landscape Institute, the RTPI and the RIBA. 


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