Case Studies

Sainsburys, Ottery St Mary

Inserting a supermarket into a sensitive heritage setting was a tricky design and planning proposition. Design review gave assurance that the impact would be acceptable.

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Gloucester Services

Design Review backing helped a scheme win consent on a challenging site. A new service station for the M5 near Gloucester meant a huge swathe of countryside being developed in full view from the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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East Quay Community, Cultural and Enterprise Development, Watchet, Somerset

Design Review helped the planning committee understand what was a highly unusual scheme, and helped it gain approval on a prominent site. The Site Watchet is a small harbour town, remotely located between the Quantocks and Exmoor. Its economic role was hit by the cessation of commercial shipping in 1994 and the quayside has been […]

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Sid Valley Place Appraisal

Capturing character is a fundamental criterion when managing growth – Creating Excellence supported the community in the preparation of the Sid Valley Place Analysis to support the preparation of the now complete Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan.  The Sid Valley is comprised of four distinct but connected areas; the seaside resort of Sidmouth and the rural […]

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Redwood Drive, Chaddlewood, Plympton

Design review to support design development of new housing so that it is well integrated with recent edge of settlement housing. Creating clear visual connections and a strong street and public space network with a strong relationship to a new park: a shared amenity for new and existing housing. The Review Process - The project […]

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Old Railway Quarter – Swindon

Design review helped a challenging scheme win consent.  Thomas Homes sought a residential development on part of the historic Railway Works involving the rescue of the Chain Test House (listed II*). The collaboration of housebuilder, local planning authority and South West Design Review Panel led to a successful regeneration scheme. The Site and Scheme Outline […]

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Learning and Development for Creating Excellence

We have developed course content and delivered training events to town planners and elected members from local authorities. Throughout 2018 and 2019 our planning training has focused on using the “Councillor’s Companion for design in Planning” and “The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking”, to provide a high quality design training programme delivered across the […]

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Burgh Island Pool House

The Site and Outline Design - The site is a headland on the south east corner of Burgh Island 50m to the east of the Burgh Island Hotel, a listed building celebrated for its landmark position and Agatha Christie associations. The site is visible from the broad sands that emerge at low tide between the […]

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The Lighthouse, near Frome, Somerset

Design review helped to win approval for this new dwelling in the countryside. The support of the South West Design Review Panel (SWDRP) emboldened the planning authority to grant consent under a special exemption to justify a new dwelling. The Site and Scheme Outline - The new dwelling will be on a virgin site in […]

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