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CABE announces new design review network

CABE and eight regional design review panels have affiliated to make a national network of design review panels

This will create a national network of design review panels, providing all local planning authorities with access to independent practical design advice. The network (including CABE) will collectively review more than 800 schemes a year.   

The eight regional design review panels that have affiliated to CABE are:

  • South East design review panel (run by the Kent Architecture Centre);
  • South West design review panel (run by Creating Excellence);
  • North East design review panel (run by Ignite);
  • North West design review panel (run by Places Matter!);
  • West Midlands design review panel (run by MADE);
  • East Midlands design review panel (run by Opun);
  • East of England design review panel (run by Inspire East);
  • Yorkshire and Humber design review panel (run by Integreat Yorkshire)

Richard Simmons, CABE chief executive, comments: ‘Design review panels have proved themselves to be a great success story in England. Just look at the Falmer Academy in Brighton, for example, where the comments made by the South East regional design panel have resulted in a really imaginative planning application.Affiliation is recognition of the high quality service provided by regional panels and it will ensure that more schemes benefit from the best possible design advice.’

CABE has supported regional design review panels since 2005 and this affiliation formalises the relationship. It commits each organisation to observe 10 key principles of design review, including a focus on outcomes for the people using a building or place and the public at large affected by it, as well as sharing the learning from design review on a regular basis.

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