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New CABE guidance as number of design review panels balloons


The government’s design watchdog CABE today launched a new guide to ensure high standards across the UK’s growing pool of design review panels

Design review: principles and practice aims to promote ten best practice principles for design review panels in the UK, the number of which has doubled in the last five years.

Tthere are now 81 panels in England with nearly 75 per cent of them set up since 2003 - according to the first-ever survey to map design review panels carried out by CABE.

There are eight regional panels, nine sub-regional and 63 local panels - almost every local authority has access to a panel.

‘Design review is a tried and tested way of promoting good design.  It is a cost effective way to improve the quality of buildings and places and doing so at a time when it can be useful – before final decisions have been made,’ said Margaret Hodge, the government minister for architecture.

‘We want to see every local authority able to use design review to help create world class places,’ added Hodge.

The guide was developed by CABE, the RIBA, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Landscape Institute.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I hope this guidance concentrates on WHO should be allowed on these panels - there's nothing worse than an opinionated design novice telling us all how to do our jobs.

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  • ...and while we're on the subject, if all local authorities have access to a local panel (made up of design professionals) wouldn't it be good if they made the decisions on planning applications?Why bother with planners & councillors? You could make the service compulsory - like jury duty!

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