The Purpose of Design Review

The purpose of design review is to help the Council improve the quality of design across the district.  It is one of a number of ways in which the Council is seeking to improve design.  The others include specialist design advice from officers, the training of officers and members on design related matters, the creation of a Heritage and Design Champion role, publication of supplementary planning documents and the creation of a District Design Guide. 

 No one measure alone can improve the quality of design but by implementing a wide ranging and proactive series of initiatives it is hoped that the quality of design and therefore the built environment in which we live, work and play can be improved for the future enjoyment of the residents’ and visitors to East Devon.

The Role of the Panel

The panel has a key role in helping to improve design quality.  The role of the panel is to provide feedback to the Council and planning service on design and design related matters by scrutinising planning applications that have been approved and implemented.