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CABE design review service to be re-examined

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A ‘root and branch’ review into the future of a key remit of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has been launched

On the same day the CABE merged with the Design Council (1 April), it was confirmed former London Development Agency deputy chief executive London Peter Bishop (see AJ 11.03.11) will begin work to assess the organisation’s design review services.

The commission’s flagship design review role now falls under the Design Council’s remit and the consultation will look at how best to improve the services and recommend ‘new market models for design reviews and design support that meet the needs of the public and communities in the UK’.

The review, led by Bishop, who is visiting professor in architecture and the built environment at Nottingham Trent University, will run from April to June and is expected to be published by late summer this year (2011).

Design Council chief executive David Kester, who heralded the shake-up exclusively to the AJ in February, said: ‘Design reviews and other forms of support such as enabling within local communities are an essential component of the planning and development system.

‘There is a bedrock of experience and knowledge across the sector that we can build on for the future, and it’s essential that we do so. This consultation is a rare opportunity to listen to people’s opinions and suggestions, and create a system that is truly responsive to the needs of our communities, economy and changing planning system.’

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