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.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. What is the Design Review Panel?
- 2. Schemes that may be referred to the panel
- 3. Types of review and the review process
- 4. Panel members
- 5. Fees
- 6. Apply to have your scheme reviewed
- 7. Paying for a review
- 8. Contact our team
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:
- Full Review
- Follow Up Review
- Chair Review
The Conservation & Urban Design Team will advise which review is best for your scheme.
The review day
Panel members undertake a site visit accompanied by council officers. The applicant isn't present.
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.
Director, Darling Associates
Director, Lucy Bullivant & Associates
Place Vision Strategist, Curator and Author
Partner, Allies and Morrison
Director, Patel Taylor
Director, Urban Movement
Urban Designer and Planner
Donald Insall Associates
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Partner, Squire & Partners
Director, Cartwright Pickard
Greater London Authority
Director, Marks Barfield Architects
Adam Khan Architects
Director, West Port & Company
Associate Director, Martha Schwartz Partners
Director, Formation Architects
Turkington Martin Studio
Director, Piercy and Company
Regeneration and Place, LB Camden
Robin Buckle Urban Design
Shaun Obinna Ihejetoh
Director, West Port & Company
Gbolade Design Studio
Principal, Tony Fretton Architects
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
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.