Bath and North East Somerset Council expects all new development to be of the highest quality and we are committed to raising the standard of design.  We therefore positively support the use of design review in the assessment of the design quality of development proposals. 

The National Planning Policy Framework also supports design review:

Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design. They should also when appropriate refer major projects for a national design review. In general, early engagement on design produces the greatest benefits. In assessing applications, local planning authorities should have regard to the recommendations from the design review panel.

Accordingly, Bath and North East Somerset Council endorses the referral of appropriate schemes to local and national design panels.

Local panels which might be considered include:

  • South West Design Review Panel via the following link.

For further information, contact the Panel Manager, Timothy Cantell  07900 916270 drp@creatingexcellence.org.uk

  • Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel via the following link

For further information contact Jonathan Braddick 01395 265768

jb@designreviewpanel.co.uk

CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) provide a national design review panel:

  • CABE Design Review via the following link

For further information contact thomas.bender@designcouncil.org.uk

(0)20 7420 5234

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