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Catherine Burd to co-chair new design review panel in north London

Catherine Burd
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Architect Catherine Burd will co-chair a new independent review panel in Camden, set up to maintain design quality in the borough

The panel of 26 built environment experts – including architects, urban designers and landscape designers – will be co-chaired by Burd, co-founder of Burd Haward Architects, and independent planning adviser Peter Studdert. It will be run independently by project management consultancy Frame Projects.

Burd, who grew up and now works in the north London borough, said: ‘It will be a great privilege to work with an outstanding team of design professionals to contribute to Camden’s excellent work in shaping and setting standards for the future quality of its built environment.’

The council said it had ‘built a reputation for championing and delivering excellence’ in design of the built environment.

The move will mean that planning applications may be referred to the panel by the council – and it will be up to the project backers to fund the review. Costs range from £1,440 (inc VAT) for a surgery review to £5,400 (inc VAT) for a formal review.

Councillor Phil Jones, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: ‘In Camden we pride ourselves on our reputation for championing and expecting the highest quality from all developments in the borough.

‘An independent and bespoke Camden design review panel is a positive step towards this, and will support officers and councillors in reinforcing Camden’s reputation as a borough that expects schemes to be of the highest-quality design that respond to our rich and varied heritage.’

Camden Council is backing a number of regeneration projects in the borough, including its Community Investment Programme.

In June, dRMM received planning approval for its first residential tower in London – a 25-storey apartment block – as part of the programme in Camden.

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