Devon & Somerset Design Review Panel_20_01_14

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Introduction to the Devon and Somerset Design Review Panels launched at the end of 2013. The Design Review Panel is a panel of independent, multidisciplinary construction industry experts providing impartial design review to local authorities across Devon & Somerset.

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The Devon & Somerset Design Review Panels:

The Devon & Somerset Design Review Panels www.designreviewpanel.co.uk

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Objective:- To provide an independent, impartial evaluation process … … where a multi-disciplinary panel of built environment experts assess the design of significant proposals.  Participating Local Authorities (January 2014):- Devon County Council, East Devon District Council Exeter City Council Mid Devon District Council North Devon Council North Somerset Council Plymouth City Council Taunton Deane Borough Council Teignbridge District Council Torridge District Council West Somerset Council

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The Panels … exists to offer constructive comments on schemes, aiding their improvement, but not to fundamentally redesign them. advises and empowers the decision makers on how to improve design quality, so as to meet the needs of their communities and customers. will support decision makers in resisting poorly designed schemes. will support decision makers in approving well designed schemes.

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The Panels … As well as being of benefit to applicants, the Design Review Panels aims to help the project team in the following ways :- Support unconventional high quality design proposals. Provide designers with constructive, impartial advice from fellow professionals. Examine the design of a project in the round. Support good design intentions and pin-point any weaknesses. Bring a fresh external viewpoint. Reduce the risk of an unexpected decision. Aid in provision of a more efficient service to clients

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‘ Design Review: Principles & Practice’ New publication ‘ Design Review: Principles and Practice ’ :-  G uide produced by CABE at the Design Council, the Landscape Institute, the RTPI and the RIBA.

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10 Principles of Design Review:-

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable 5.  Transparent 

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable 5.  Transparent  6 .   Proportionate

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable 5.  Transparent  6 .   Proportionate 7 .  Timely

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable 5.  Transparent  6 .   Proportionate 7 .  Timely 8 .  Advisory

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable 5.  Transparent  6 .   Proportionate 7 .  Timely 8 .  Advisory 9 .  Objective

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable 5.  Transparent  6 .   Proportionate 7 .  Timely 8 .  Advisory 9 .  Objective 10 .  Understandable

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10 Principles of Design Review:- 1 .  Independent 2 .  Expert 3 .   Multidisciplinary 4 .  Accountable 5.  Transparent  6 .   Proportionate 7 .  Timely 8 .  Advisory 9 .  Objective 10 .  Understandable

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Additional Terms of Reference … Conflicts of Interest Code of Conduct Confidentiality Requirements Panel Members Presenting to the Panel www.designreviewpanel.co.uk

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Design Review Timing Ideally, schemes will be submitted to the panel at the pre-application stage of the planning process whilst the design is still fluid … …. this can help to identify design aspects that may be improved. This in turn may help resolve design issues before submission, saving time and expense. The design review will be treated as a conversation about work in progress, not a verdict on an outcome. The Panel Format …

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Session Format:- 1 . Presentation - 30 minutes to present . 2. Questions – 30 minutes. Panel members will ask questions of the presenters. 3. Discussion – 15 minutes. The panel will discuss & consider in private. 4 . Summary – 15 minutes. Chairperson  will verbally summarise Panels view in a clear and constructive manner. Each Panel member will make   any final comments.  5. Conclusion – The session is concluded. The Panel Administrator will amalgamate the notes from the meeting and produce a clear actionable written report that will be provided to the Local Authority (LA ). The Local Authority will in turn issue this to the applicant. The Panel Format …

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The Panel Format … Multi-disciplinary Six built environment professionals;  the administrator/chairperson and five rotating panel members, selected from a pool.  Panel pool includes built environment professionals from a range of disciplines … … architects, urban designers, landscape architects, conservation specialists, ecological & sustainability experts, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, structural engineers, chartered surveyors, independent town planners & arboriculturalists.

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Devon & Somerset Design Review Panel Members - January 2014 … Click on photos for CV’s ...

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Joining the Panel … Applications are invited from all sectors of the design community of the built environment.   Panel members are expected to attend approximately four full-day sessions a year, and are not reimbursed for their time, other than for  a small honorarium. Refreshments  & lunch will be provided.  All panel members are required to undertake the RIBA Design Review full-day training & will be required to attend an annual full-day training update …

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RIBA Design Review Training … To provide a national standard for design review panel professionals across the country. Ensuring standards are geographically consistent & maintained at the highest level.

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RIBA Design Review Training … The training introduces the principles of design review & techniques for those who wish to sit on a design review panel as a panel member. The training covers presentation skills and proven design review techniques. It instructs on how to provide constructive criticism as a panel member. 

The Plymouth Design Review Panel:

The Plymouth Design Review Panel www.designreviewpanel.co.uk @JB_DRP

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