Principles and practice
Download our guide to the principles and practice of design review, including how to set up and run a design review panel.
Design review is a tried and tested method of promoting good design and a cost-effective way of improving quality.
Design review: principles and practice explains how design review can support good design through the planning process and how to set up and run a design review panel. Case studies illustrate the breadth of panels now operating and share learning from their experiences.
Design review panels should have a policy for dealing with Freedom of Information requests, including requests about schemes reviewed on a confidential basis.
Design review panels need to have clear terms of reference which govern how they operate.
Design review panels need to be clear to design teams what material they need in advance of a review
Design review written reports involve turning the panel’s comments into a coherent narrative to provide advice which can be acted on.
Setting up and running a design review panel requires a significant investment of resources and money.
Rigorous evaluation of a design review panel’s impact is good practice and if possible should be undertaken every year.
To avoid duplication and to ensure that schemes are reviewed at the appropriate level, all panels should work together to ensure that schemes are not reviewed by more than one panel.
Design review panels need robust recruitment processes to appoint panels with a suitable range of skills that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.