Kingston has an independent Design Review Panel to provide advice to RBK and developers – what exactly do they do?


Wednesday 20th March 7.30pm at the Judge lecture Hall, Tiffins School

Here’s something I doubt you know. The planning department employ a third party to advise developers, and the council about the design/ architecture elements of large scale developments. That body is Design South East (DSE) who manages the Kingston Design Review Panel (KDRP). DSE says their design review panes are: “Tailored to the local context, we manage design panels that help local authorities work constructively with the private sector to deliver design quality.”

Design South East is an independent charitable organisation that works entirely in the public interest across the wider south east, often in places facing intense pressure for growth. Design South East’s design review services are delivered by its staff team working with a wide network of expert panel members, associates and contributors.

The Kingston Society has found it very difficult to access the KDRP’s reports and though they should accompany planning applications according to the relevant guidance they often don’t. Also unusually the KDRP is not signed up to the “London Design Review Charter” (GLA) which aims to provide high quality DR and calls for DRPs to be transparent among other things.

These are more matters for RBK to respond to, but the good news is that DSE are coming to explain their work and we hope provide examples of the KDRP’s interventions. They will be joined by Rebecca Eng, RBK’s Heritage and Conservation lead.

We are hoping they will answer answer the following sort of questions and it should be a really lively and interesting evening:

  • Introduction to design review, what it is and how it happens
  • What the Kingston Design Review Panel is – its purpose, what it does, how it works, and where it fits in the planning application process
  • Membership of the KDRP – who is on the panel how are they appointed
  • What does the KDRP see as the public benefit for RBK council taxpayers?
  • The community engagement deficit in the design review process – how can this be addressed?
  • Given the introduction of Design Codes, what will be KDRP’s contribution for Kingston?

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Last Updated on March 15, 2024 by Kingston Society