Creating Excellence want to reassure that we are taking coronavirus seriously and will wish to avoid putting our team, Panel members, local authority and developer/design colleagues at any risk – your safety is our utmost priority in delivering our services to you.

For now, we will not be holding face to face events, but will be offering remote-based support instead. We will be discussing with those that have booked onto design reviews on how this can be delivered. We will adapt design support on any new commissions received in this interim period.

Training events will be postponed until later in the year – and delegates will receive separate notification on that.
If you have any queries about our approach, or suggestions on how we can continue to best provide support, please let us know.

We hope the current crisis is not affecting you, your loved-ones or your business too much and that we can get back to normal soon. Thank you.

Design Review

The South West Design Review Panel is a proven mechanism for raising design standards. Created in 2005, SWDRP reviews development projects from all localities within the South West.  We provide independent, multi-disciplinary, expert advice – a candid friend, supporting whenever we can, seeking explanations, discussing options, identifying opportunities, and sometimes calling for a rethink.

The Panel is based at Creating Excellence and is part of the national Design Network. The National Planning Policy Framework highlights the importance of Design Review in paragraph 62 and says that a Design Review can be of most benefit if used as early as possible in the evolution of schemes.

We bring together a panel of experts specific to the project under consideration in order to provide the very best service.


The Creating Excellence team comprises four highly experienced practitioners, Dominic Murphy, Julie Tanner, Timothy Cantell and Jo Widdecombe. We create our South West Design Review Panels to suit the expertise required for a particular project, members are drawn from the team of experts.
Timothy organised the creation of the South West Design Review Panel in 2005: he was Manager until 2015 and is now Panel Secretary.
Dominic is an experienced regeneration and community engagement practitioner.
Jo is a planning consultant and chartered town planner with extensive experience in the preparation of neighbourhood plans
Julie Tanner combines a passion for architecture and urban design with a specialism in place making.
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