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Cabe updates design review guidance

New guidance has been published for design reviews panels across England

The Cabe team at the Design Council, the RIBA, the Landscape Institute and the RTPI have produced an update to guidance on delivering design reviews, entitled ‘Design Review, Principles and Practice’.

The update sees the guidance condensed, and revised following both the NPPF and the Taylor Review. The NPPF requires local authorities to have systems in place to provide design assessments, and to refer major projects for a national design review.

The new guidance sets out 10 principles underpinning the review process. The new guide has been restructured to focus on these key principles and how to deliver them.

John Mathers, chief executive of the Design Council said: ‘Following its inclusion in the NPPF, design review is now a key part of the planning process, and is essential to the delivery of quality places. The guidance aims to ensure the consistency and quality of advice offered by design review panels across the UK.’

RIBA President Angela Brady said: ‘Design review is a hugely valuable tool, which has had a proven track record of improving the quality of schemes. The process has been strengthened significantly by its inclusion within the NPPF, so it is now more important than ever that panels are administered in the most effective, professional and consistent way possible. The revised guidance is an important step in achieving this and is a great example of the collaborative, cross-sector guidance that will be needed to ensure delivery of the NPPF’.

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