What is Design Review?

Design Review is an effective means of early consultation on significant development proposals. The Bishop Review of Design Support is a critical document to the future of regional and local design review, go to the Design Council website for more information.

Why come to Design Review?

The Design Review process offers access to expert and independent professional guidance, leading to recommendations for improvement and added value. BUDF provides a breadth of expertise which may not be available to the project team or to the planning department and we may be able to highlight problems or opportunities which have not been identified earlier.

What happens at a Design Review session?

The process involves the design/client team discussing their initial concepts and sketch proposals with a panel of 6 to 8 members, drawn from a pool of design and environment professionals. We normally allow about 2 hours to review each scheme.

Following a presentation of the proposals, panel members reflect on the emerging design and give guidance on how to bring out the best urban design solution for the site. This guidance is sent to the design team after the meeting in the form of a formal letter written by the session Chair, summarising the panel’s views.

The dates for 2016-17 are:

Tuesday 7 June 2016
Tuesday 6 September 2016
Monday 28 November 2016
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Tuesday 28 March 2017

How do I put a scheme forward for review?

To find out how to bring a scheme to a Forum session, please go to Submit a scheme.
If you would like to read reports from previous sessions, please go to Schemes reviewed.

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