Design Review Panel guide

Use this guide to learn more about the Design Review Panel (DRP).

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.

A review of the first two years of the DRP’s work was undertaken in 2022 and the findings are located in the monitoring report. The recommendations of that review will be implemented in 2023/2024.

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.