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Design Review Panel

Islington is famous for its historic squares and terraces and we want future generations to be just as proud of the buildings that are being constructed today. Our Design and Conservation Team works to ensure that new development in the borough is of the highest quality.

Additionally, a Design Review Panel (DRP) was set up in 2013 as an independent advisory body to the council on large scale development proposals and other significant design issues, to contribute towards delivering design excellence within the Borough.

Following CABE's principles of design review, the panel consists of representatives from a range of built environment professions such as architecture, planning, urban design, built heritage, landscape design, environmental sustainability, building surveying, and other relevant disciplines. Normally, five members of the panel attend each review.

Review structure

The reviews are normally held on the second Tuesday of every month, and a maximum of three schemes are reviewed. First reviews include a site visit attended by all five panel members, followed by a one hour review session which includes:

  • the design team's presentation of the scheme (20 mins)
  • Q&A session (20 mins)
  • panel's deliberations (15 mins)
  • Chair's summary (5 mins)

Written feedback summarising the panel’s discussions and views on the scheme is provided within 15 working days.

Fees (from 1 April 2019)

A fee of £4,340 + VAT is charged for each first review. Schemes are able to come back to the panel for follow-up reviews which are charged at £3,330 + VAT and largely follow the same structure as first reviews apart from the absence of a site visit.

For more information on how the panel operates please contact the DRP coordinator on

Booking a slot

We recommend that schemes are reviewed as part of a pre-application process. If you would like to present your scheme to the panel, please discuss it with the planning case officer for your scheme or email the DRP coordinator on

Please note that due to high demand there may be a waiting list - you should think carefully about whether you would like to present your scheme to the panel early in the pre-application process, and reserve a slot as soon as possible.

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