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Encouraging high quality design

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is committed to encouraging high quality, contextually sensitive and sustainable landscape and building design within the National Park. The SDNP Design Review Panel was formed in September 2012 to support this aim.

It is supported by the 2012 National Planning Policy Framework, which states that planning authorities should have design review arrangements in place and, in assessing applications, should have regard to the recommendations from the panel.

Role of the panel

The SDNP’s Design Review Panel has a broad range of members which includes distinguished landscape architects, architects and other professions that may contribute to a full assessment. Many of the current members are closely connected with the South Downs and have a keen interest in its environment.

The panel meets monthly and reviews a wide range of proposals affecting all areas of the National Park.

While the role of the panel is purely advisory, the panel’s comments carry a lot of weight. Panel reports are addressed in planning committee reports and may be used at public enquiry.

Design Review Panel Terms of Reference

For further information contact the National Park Authority’s Design Officer at:

South Downs National Park Authority,
South Downs Centre,
Midhurst, West Sussex,
GU29 9DH

Meeting Dates

Meeting dates will occasionally change in order to help everyone involved to get the most out of them.

  • Design Review Panel 23rd January 2020
  • Design Review Panel 18th February 2020
  • Design Review Panel 12th March 2020
  • Design Review Panel 28th April 2020 – AGM
  • Design Review Panel 19th May 2020
  • Design Review Panel 16th June 2020
  • Design Review Panel 14th July 2020
  • Design Review Panel 18th August 2020
  • Design Review Panel 15th September 2020
  • Design Review Panel 13th  October 2020
  • Design Review Panel 17th November 2020
  • Design Review Panel 15th December 2020