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The London Borough of Sutton is inviting applications for membership of a new Design Review Panel to help achieve its ambition for and commitment to high-quality and well-designed development across the borough. These developments should balance the borough’s ambitions for sustainable growth with a recognition of Sutton’s unique suburban character.

Applications are welcome from experts in the following areas:

  • Architecture, particularly:
    • tall buildings/high-density/mixed-use residential and retail schemes
    • suburban densification
    • estate regeneration
    • school design
    • industrial/commercial design
  • urban design and town planning
  • landscape architecture
  • public realm
  • conservation and heritage
  • highways and transport planning
  • sustainability 
  • civil/structural engineering
  • viability/development economics

The panel will have around 15 to 20 members and will scrutinise the design principles and design quality of planning proposals, both early in the planning process at the pre-application stage and as part of the application process itself. It will review major developments, locally or historically significant schemes and large council schemes as well as developments of smaller sites. 

The National Planning Policy Framework has identified design review as a key tool for

ensuring design quality. Paragraph 129 of the NPPF states,

‘Local planning authorities should ensure that they have access to, and make appropriate use of, tools and processes for assessing and improving the design of development. These include workshops to engage the local community, design advice and review arrangements… In assessing applications, local planning authorities should have regard to the outcome from these processes, including any recommendations made by design review panels.’


The draft London Plan includes the provision of design review within Policy D2 ‘Delivering good design’:

The design of development proposals should be thoroughly scrutinised by borough planning, urban design and conservation officers, utilising the analytical tools set out in the local policy, local evidence, and expert advice where appropriate. In addition, boroughs should make use of the design review process to assess and inform design options early in the planning process.’

The London Borough of Sutton does not currently have a Design Review Panel. Membership of the panel presents an exciting opportunity for built-environment professionals to contribute to the success of development and regeneration across the borough and to strengthen and enhance Sutton’s unique sense of place.

How to apply

Applicants should download a recruitment pack from Design South East, which manages and coordinates the Sutton Design Review Panel, offering expert, independent design and place-making advice on new developments.

Those who wish to apply should visit the Design South East website at where they will find a link to the recruitment pack containing all the information required about the Sutton panel, about how to apply to be a member and about panel induction dates.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 28 January 2019.

Applicants should be able to commit to attending a minimum of four design review meetings during 2019. Meetings will be held monthly and dates agreed in advance. Appointment will be for one calendar year starting February 2019.