Our independent Design Review Panel (DRP) reviews proposals to help deliver design excellence within the borough. We're committed to securing high quality development and public realm for residents, visitors and those who work in Lambeth.

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1. What is the Design Review Panel?

Established in 2019, the DRP is made up of a pool of independent built environment professionals, who provide design advice on new development and public realm proposals. The DRP is an important part of the planning process and it's recommended that schemes are reviewed as part of the pre-application process.

The DRP does not make planning decisions and is not a substitute for our Conservation and Design team. Instead, DRP members provide supplementary expert advice.

The reviews take place once a month and a maximum of three schemes are reviewed. Typically, five members of the panel attend each review, including a Co-Chair. The panel is drawn from the pool of experts.

For detailed information on our Design Review Panel, please see our Design Review Panel Terms of Reference.

2. Schemes that may be referred to the panel

The types of schemes that may be referred to the DRP include:

  • large/small/minor major (10 units plus) schemes
  • infrastructure projects
  • large public realm proposals
  • site specific masterplans, design codes and design guidance
  • schemes being developed through Planning Performance Agreements (PPAs).

3. Types of review and the review process

There are three types of design review:

  1. Full Review
  2. Follow Up Review
  3. Chair Review

The Conservation & Urban Design Team will advise which review is best for your scheme.

The review day

Morning
Panel members undertake a site visit accompanied by council officers. The applicant isn't present.

Afternoon
Reviews take place. Applicants and relevant planning and design officers will be present during the review. The development team should keep their numbers to a minimum, with no more than five people attending the review. The design officers will take note of the panel discussion to inform the content of the Chair’s feedback letter. The letter is sent to the development team within 10 days of the review.

4. Panel members

The DRP pool of experts is made up of 29 members (including three Co-Chairs), with expertise in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability and engineering. Members were recruited through online advertisements.

Co-Chairs

Damion Burrows
Director, Darling Associates
Architect

Lucy Bullivant
Director, Lucy Bullivant & Associates
Place Vision Strategist, Curator and Author

Paul Dodd
Director, Outdesign
Urban Designer

Panel members

Alfredo Carabello
Partner, Allies and Morrison
Architect

Andrew Taylor
Director, Patel Taylor
Architect

Christopher Martin
Director, Urban Movement
Urban Designer and Planner

Cordula Zeidler
Donald Insall Associates
Heritage Consultant

David Hills
Partner, DSDHA
Architect

Emma Lynn
Schulze+Grassov
Architect

Eric Bull
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Architect

Henry Squire
Partner, Squire & Partners

James Pickard
Director, Cartwright Pickard
Architect

Jennifer Gutteridge
Greater London Authority
Design Advisor

Julia Barfield
Director, Marks Barfield Architects
Architect

Juliette Scalbert
Adam Khan Architects
Architect

Khalifa Abubakar
Director, West Port & Company
Architect

Martin Koenig
Associate Director, Martha Schwartz Partners
Landscape Architect

Martin Waters
EngineersHRW
Structural Engineer

Michael Richter
Director, Formation Architects
Architect

Mike Martin
Turkington Martin Studio
Landscape Architect

Pete Jennings
Director, Piercy and Company
Architect

Peter Dodds
Placebuilder Architects
Architect

Philip Marsh
Director, DRMM
Architect

Richard Wilson
Regeneration and Place, LB Camden
Strategic Lead

Robin Buckle
Robin Buckle Urban Design
Urban Designer

Shaun Obinna Ihejetoh
Director, West Port & Company
Architect

Susanne Tutsch
Erect Architecture
Architect

Tara Gbolade
Gbolade Design Studio
Architect

Tony Fretton
Principal, Tony Fretton Architects
Architect

5. Fees

Type Net Gross
Full review £4,500.00 £5,400.00
Follow-up review £4,500.00 £5,400.00
Chair review £2,500.00 £3,000.00

Please apply to have your development scheme reviewed by the Design Review Panel to find out which review is best for your scheme.

6. Apply to have your scheme reviewed

Apply for a DRP review

7. Paying for a review

Once your application for review has been processed and your scheme has been reserved a DRP slot by the Conservation and Urban Design Team, you can pay for your review.

Your slot will be confirmed upon payment.

If you cancel your design review within 14 days of your review date, you will be charged a cancellation fee for the full amount.

Pay for your DRP review if your slot is confirmed.

8. Contact our team

If you have any questions about the Design Review Panel or would like to speak to a member of our team, please email lambethdrp@lambeth.gov.uk.