The Design Review Panel is made up of a group of independent professionals working in the built environment field. It advises us on design issues relating to new development schemes and proposals for public spaces, including major planning applications and pre-application development proposals.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Merton's Design Review Panel (DRP) is unable to meet normally. The meeting scheduled for 25 March was undertaken by e-mail. the meeting scheduled for 28 May has been re-scheduled for 3 June and will take place using Zoom. Should this prove successful, future DRP meetings will be held in the same way.
The DRP is an advisory body to officers and Planning Applications Committee. As such it is not governed by requirements for public access, although the council usually allows the public to attend as observers for applications that are already in the public domain. During these challenging times, the Panel will, where possible, only review pre-application proposals which aren't in the public domain and aren't normally observed by the public.
If you're not a panel member, you can come and listen to these meetings but you can't speak at them or hear discussions on pre-application schemes. Pre-application proposals are discussed in closed sessions to protect the applicant's confidentiality.
Panel members' pages
These are pages which panel members’ can log into to view proposals prior to a panel meeting. Many of these are pre-application proposals are confidential which is why only panel members can view them.
Log in to the panel members' page