The Design Review Service allows development plans and proposals throughout Wales to be considered by the Design Commission for Wales’ independent, expert multi-disciplinary team.

The Design Review Service aims to assist Local Planning Authorities, public authorities developers, designers and others to support aspiration and ambition for good, sustainable design quality, to strengthen their own design guidance, and review procurement approach and development practices. The service aims to help identify early opportunities for good design quality in development proposals in the planning system and assist Local Authorities to secure public value through design excellence.

The service is available for developers, designers, planning authorities, stakeholders and other public bodies, community groups or members of the public who wish to seek an independent expert view, and to draw upon the expertise of the Commission.

The Commission’s comments represent material considerations in the local planning authority’s determination of planning applications. The Commission’s comment is recognised as authoritative by the Planning Inspectorate of England and Wales. Early consultation with the Commission is recommended in national planning policy and in associated practice guides.

Download our guide to Consulting the Commission through the Design Review Service here.

Ymgynghori â’r Comisiwn drwy’r Gwasanaeth Adolygu Dyluniadau

Download our one-page Design Review Essentials Guide


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Design Review Service

Download our guide to Consulting the Commission through the Design Review Service:

Consulting the Commission through the Design Review Service 2015

The Commission promotes good design for the built environment through a number of services which provide advice and support, including:

  • Early, pre-application consultation
  • National Design Review Service
  • Training, Seminars and Events
  • Publications and good practice guides