Design Review

Design Review is an independent and impartial evaluation process where a panel of experts on the built environment assess the design of a proposal. Design Review deals with projects that are usually of public significance. The process aims to improve the quality of buildings and places.

The importance of Design Review is recognised by the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework which states that:

"Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design."

Design Review for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is provided by the North East Hampshire Design Review Panel and the South East Regional Design Panel.

North East Hampshire Design Review Panel

The North East Hampshire Architects Panel reviews development proposals and provides advice to local planning authorities and planning applicants on architectural and urban design issues.

It was established in January 2000 and serves:

  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Hart District Council
  • Rushmoor Borough Council.

The Panel is made up of ten members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and two members of the Landscape Institute (LI) who volunteer their time and expertise. Panel members take it in turn to attend monthly meetings hosted by the participating local authorities. The Panel is independent and its members offer impartial advice.

We refer development proposals to the Panel where the advice of professional architects is required to assist in the determination of planning applications or the provision of pre-application advice. Planning applicants or their agents may also request, via the council, that their proposals (including pre-application consultations) are considered by the Panel. The consideration of development proposals is at the discretion of the Panel Chair or Vice Chair, and of the local planning authority. Planning applicants or their agents are not normally able to present their schemes to the Panel in person although this may be requested by the Panel where clarification of design issues is sought.

In exceptional circumstances, the North East Hampshire Design Review Panel may refer development proposals to be reviewed by the countywide Hampshire Advisory Panel of Architects.

South East Regional Design Panel

The South East Regional Design Panel also provides advice to local planning authorities and planning applicants on architectural and urban design issues.

This Panel usually focuses on the review of development proposals of regional significance or those that raise more than local considerations. The South East Regional Design Panel has members from a range of professional backgrounds offering a multidisciplinary approach to Design Review. This can be particularly helpful for the review of larger and more complex schemes. Where appropriate, we will support the use of the South East Regional Design Panel to review development proposals.

The South East Regional Design Panel is administered by the Kent Architecture Centre who charge to cover the cost of carrying out a design review. We would expect applicants to meet the cost of any review carried out by the South East Regional Design Panel.

Contact details


Urban Design team

Telephone: 01256 845492

Planning Policy and Implementation Team
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
Basingstoke
RG21 4AH

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    Basingstoke
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    Fridays
    8.30am to 4.30pm