New local Design Review Panel

A new Design Review Panel (DRP) is being set up by Bude-Stratton Town Council and local design professionals, with the aim of better protecting – and enhancing – the design quality of Bude’s buildings and spaces.

BSTC will refer submitted planning applications to the DRP on a case-by-case basis for independent and professional guidance on design quality – a process which will ultimately assist the BSTC Planning Committee in its decision-making.

Chair of BSTC Planning Committee, Cllr Tony Gibbs, said: “I am delighted that local design professionals are giving their time, free of charge, to provide impartial, professional advice. This guidance is really valuable to us and is a great help when making decisions as a publicly elected Council. We share a common goal with DRP in seeking to preserve and enhance Bude and Stratton through good, sustainable design.”

James Cook, local architect and member of the DRP, said: “We are looking forward to working with BSTC on this new panel and will be inviting local registered architects and landscape architects to join the Design Review Panel under our published terms of reference. This is a great opportunity to support our town and to seek to raise design quality, all the while gaining continuous professional development experience.”

The Design Review Panel will operate initially for a trial period of up to 12 months, with the first meeting set to take place in February.