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Design Council CABE pledge cash for local review panels

The Design Council CABE has announced plans to give £65,000 to each of the eight ‘affiliated’ design review panels in England, funding them for the rest of this financial year

The move has been introduced to help support the review panels in their continued work following the decision to cut almost all government funding from the service.

The grant will be divided equally between Creating Excellence, Kent Architecture Centre, Shape East, OPUN, MADE, NE design review service, Integreat Plus and Places Matter - many of which have a long standing relationship with CABE after receiving set-up support.

Because of the funding 250 design reviews of schemes across England will be delivered over the next year.

Diane Haigh, director of Design Council CABE, said: ‘CABE and the vibrant network of affiliated panels share a commitment to ensuring high quality design in the built environment.

‘We have always worked closely with the eight panels; this grant is an important milestone in reinforcing that network and will strengthen our collective design review offer to local authorities, community groups and clients.’

Other local design projects will also be able to apply for smaller grants from Design Council CABE later this year, which will be awarded on a case by case basis.

Design Council CABE will continue to review nationally significant schemes.

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