Local Design Review Panels

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What is a Local Design Review Panel?

Local Panels support local authorities to improve the quality of the built environment. They help to address design issues early on during the pre-application stage of planning when there is still time for discussion and changes.

Please download our Local Panel Guide via the link below for more information.

Who are the panellists?

Panels are entirely voluntary. Membership represents local knowledge and relevant expertise in areas such as architecture, urban design, landscape, public art, heritage and amenities, community engagement, secure by design, planning and infrastructure.
Are you a panellist? This guide provides information on how to be an effective communicator as part of the panel: How to be an effective panel member_A&DS Guide

What happens during a panel meeting?

Developers, design teams and planners engage in constructive discussion with panel members who use their locally based skills and knowledge to make objective contributions that are in line with local council policy and guidance. This advice can then be used by project teams to develop effective proposals and can be referred to during the decision-making process.

Panel Remits and Governance

A number of Local Authority areas currently benefit from the input of Local Design Review panels. They consist of representatives from a number of local interest groups. They broadly share the remit of informing the Planning process by contributing local context and views on the proposals being presented; details of their overall governance, however, will differ between each panel.

To find out more about Local Design Review in your area please click on the links below:

A&DS Support

We are not affiliated with any specific Local Panel, but we are here to help build confidence and capacity by offering advice and by facilitating the sharing of knowledge between the panels.

For more information on all of the above, please download our guide on Local Design Review Panels via the link below. 

Download: A&DS Guide- All you need to know abut Local Design Review Panels

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