Each session is 90 minutes long and session times are strictly adhered to by the Panel, thsi is to ensure one session does not run into another.
The proposed format and timings for each session are as follows, (please click on each of the headings below for details ...)
Expert & Multi-disciplinary
Any Design Review Panel is only as expert and professional as its Panel members. It is therefore essential for the correct range of expertise and experience to be provided, in order to ensure that clear, objective, realistic and expert advice is given. Therefore, the Panel pool includes construction industry professionals from a wide range of disciplines.
The Panel is formed of six construction industry professionals; the Panel administrator/chairperson and five other Panel members, who are selected from the pool of Panel members depending on the specific expertise required for the projects to be reviewed at any given session.
The Swindon Design Review Panel pool of experts includes:- architects, urban designers, landscape architects, conservation specialists, ecological or sustainability experts, civil engineers, structural engineers, chartered surveyors, independent town planners and arboriculturalists. For details of The Design Review Panel members, Click here ...
Design Review Timing
Preferably, projects will be brought to the Panel at the pre-application stage of the planning process. This is the most useful time to undertake of a design review; whilst the design is still fluid. Early engagement can help applicants and design teams to identify the design aspects of projects that may be improved. This in turn may help the applicant and local authority to agree design issues before the planning application is submitted, saving both the applicant and the Local Authority time and expense.
The design review process is treated as a conversation about work in progress, it is not a verdict on an outcome.
The design review may take place before any pre-application meetings with the planners, but it will usually come afterwards, once wider policy matters have been identified and discussed .
Leaving a design review until the planning application stage is possible, but may make it more difficult for the design team to make changes.
Information for the Panel
There is no set requirement for the type or level of information to be provided in advance of a panel session, or the content of the presentation made to the Panel. However, in order to gain the maximum benefit from The Design Review Panel session, it is suggested that the project team provide as much information as possible, no later than 10 days in advance Click here, for a guide to the information to be provided ...