New CABE design review network
This will create a national network of design review panels, providing all local planning authorities with access to independent practical design advice. The network will collectively review more than 800 schemes a year.
Affiliation means that there is an agreement defining shared values, a shared service, and a joint commitment to high standards in design review. It will ensure that the panels work more closely together, learning is shared, and a consistent service is provided to developers and planners across England.
Richard Simmons, CABE chief executive, said: “Design review panels have proved themselves to be a great success story in England. Just look at the Falmer Academy in Brighton, for example, where the comments made by the South East regional design panel have resulted in a really imaginative planning application.”
The eight regional design review panels that have affiliated to CABE are: the South East design review panel (run by the Kent Architecture Centre); the South West design review panel (run by Creating Excellence); the North East design review panel (run by Ignite); the North West design review panel (run by Places Matter!); the West Midlands design review panel (run by MADE); the East Midlands design review panel (run by Opun); the East of England design review panel (run by Inspire East); and the Yorkshire and Humber design review panel (run by Integreat Yorkshire).