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CABE promises to send design review to regions

CABE bosses have vowed to hugely expand the design review process into the English regions.

Speaking yesterday at the MIPIM property fair in Cannes, design review director Selina Mason said every region should have its own review panel set up.

Mason said: 'We are hoping to introduce regional design review panels. The South East panel has already taken a load off us.'

This is not the first time the idea of rolling out design reviews to the regions has been mooted, but it has never before been formal CABE policy.

'We would like to do more reviews, but we only have the capacity to do so many,' Mason added.

She concluded: 'There are only so many people in the country who can or should be able to do it.'

The design review process is set to get a public outing tomorrow (Thursday), only the fourth time it has been conducted under the public gaze.

The design watchdog will review The Silvertown Quays project in East London - featuring plans for an aquarium by Farrells - in front of a MIPIM audience.

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that vacancies for new design reviewers will be announced next week.

by Richard Waiteand Ed Dorrell

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