Design Advisory Panel

The Southampton Design Advisory Panel acts as the public’s experts on matters of design and its advice assists in continually raising the standard and quality of places, spaces and buildings across the city. The panel meets the requirements of the city’s Core Strategy Policy CS13; Fundamentals of Design, and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which states:

"Local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements in place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design. In general, early engagement on design produces the greatest benefits. In assessing applications, local planning authorities should have regard to the recommendations from the design review panel.”

The Panel meets on a regular monthly cycle with panel members drawn from a pool of local architects, landscape architects, urban designers and other design related professionals.

At the discretion of the council, applicants who have submitted proposals for pre-application advice on major schemes maybe invited to give a short presentation of their proposals to the Design Advisory Panel. The panel looks at the proposal and presents their views to the council who then pass it onto the applicant.

All pre-application advice is confidential up until the time a formal application is received, at which point the advice is placed on the planning file, for public record. The panel’s view is one material consideration and is taken into account with other material considerations before any decision is made by the Local Planning Authority.

Please note that agents and applicants are not allowed to contact members of the panel. If you have any queries regarding the operation of the Southampton Design Advisory Panel, please email