The design programme offers two complementary services:
The South West Design Review Panel (SWDRP) is a proven mechanism for raising design standards. Created in 2005, SWDRP reviews significant development projects from all localities within the South West. We provide independent, multi-disciplinary, expert advice - a candid friend, supporting whenever we can, seeking explanations, discussing options, identifying opportunities, and sometimes calling for a rethink.
The Panel is based at Creating Excellence and is part of a national network affiliated with Design Council Cabe. The Panel also has close links with other regional panels through Creating Excellence's membership of the Design Network
Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design.
National Planning Policy Framework
For a fuller guide to the value of design review and SWDRP's services see Independent Design Advice
Current panel membership (download available).
SWDRP works to ten principles of design review:
To read the principles in full, please click here.
For an illustrated review of the Design Review Panel's first two years' work including case studies see Better Design, Better Places
Creating Excellence offers independent practical assistance in support of good design and effective community engagement. By deploying experienced and independent practitioners we provide a bespoke service to meet the needs of our clients.
Our guidance and support is available to local authorities and other sectors for those commissioning and implementing projects, developing policy or building skills and capacity.
Our panel of experts can help with, for example:
Experience gained over the past five years shows that a typical Design and Planning Support assignment would cost under £10,000 on a multi-million pound city centre scheme and a few hundred pounds on a small neighbourhood project.
For a guide to our services, see the leaflet Design and Planning Support
Published Jan 07, 2013 - 05:11 PM
Creating Excellence is a member of The Design Network - a new national network of eight independent organisations that promote better places.
Launched in December, The Design Network links eight existing not-for-profit organisations providing design review, design support, training, community engagement and place-based economic development services throughout England (outside London).
Published Jan 07, 2013 - 04:20 PM
How to upgrade design quality in the South West was the focus of a CE day-long workshop.
The meeting took place against the background of the National Planning Policy Framework requirements and aspirations for design, including that LPAs should have local design review arrangements.
Published Oct 08, 2012 - 12:24 PM
Published Sep 12, 2012 - 11:44 AM
Apart from the goal of zero carbon housing by 2016, the next most important priority for the housing of the future must be that we use it efficiently. At the same time it must meet the needs of an ageing population living in a variety of different sized households.
With that in mind....is this the future of British housing?
Published Aug 06, 2012 - 11:55 AM
Creating Excellence has been awarded a further contract by Design Council Cabe to provide design review in the region. Their South West Design Review Panel (SWDRP) is thus the nationally recognised service for giving constructive guidance on major schemes in the South West.
Published May 18, 2012 - 04:41 PM
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Published Dec 21, 2011 - 04:39 PM
Creating Excellence organised a successful workshop to provide practical guidance in how to use the Qualityreviewer (QR), the new method from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) for assessing the quality of development proposals.
The workshop was led by Rob Cowan, co-author of the book Qualityreviewer.
Participants, drawn from local authorities, housing associations, planning and property consultants, undertook a table exercise working through a ‘live' project using the QR method, assisted by members of the South West Design Review Panel.
QR is a method that helps planners, councillors, developers, planning applicants and others who shape places to appraise design quality.
Published Mar 30, 2011 - 05:35 PM
96% of local planning officers say that there are benefits from including design review in the planning system. Of these, 67% say that access to specialist expertise was the main advantage.
These findings are part of a new report, Helping local people choose good design, which marks the end of the first year of the design review network - a unique affiliation between CABE and the eight leading design review panels across England. The South West Design Review Panel run by Creating Excellence is part of this network.
Published Aug 11, 2010 - 10:24 AM