Design Review

Design South East manages the Design South East Panel and a series of local design panels, supporting local planning authorities, developers and communities through impartial, constructive and expert design review of policies, plans and projects. 

About design review

Design Review through Design South East

Read how design review adds value for developers, local authorities and communities in the planning process, and how Design South East can deliver exceptional design review services.


Design Review: A guide for local authorities

This guide explains how design review works and contains recommendations on how local planning authorities can get the most value from it.

The Design South East Panel

Meet the Design South East Panel

Experienced, objective and authoritative, the Design South East Panel is professionally managed and offers a clear, constructive and consistent voice on design quality in the built environment.


Design Review: A guide for developers

This design guide is for all those on the ‘applicant’ side of the development and planning process; landowners, developers, consultants, architects and other designers.

Local design review

Bringing world class expertise to the local level

Working in partnership with local planning authorities, our local branches of the Design South East Panel offer particular expertise of local areas when providing high quality and consistent design review services.

Case study

Horsted Park - volume residential development

Horsted Park is one of region’s most successful housing developments, thanks to input at key stages by the Design South East Panel and a positive dialogue with the local authority, developer and design team.