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Conservation and Design Advisory Panel (CADAP)

The Conservation and Design Advisory Panel (CADAP) provides independent and professional design and conservation advice to the council on development proposals, and any other relevant issues within the borough. CADAP has been running for over 30 years and is made up of volunteer members who have knowledge and understanding of the creation of buildings and places, and the conservation of the historic environment. Membership does not include Councillors but includes professionals from a range of disciplines including architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, planning and regeneration. 

Design review is supported by the government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which states that local planning authorities should have local design review arrangements place to provide assessment and support to ensure high standards of design. The NPPF also notes that, in general, early engagement on design produces the greatest benefits and that in assessing applications; local planning authorities should have regard to the recommendations from the design review panel.     

Development proposals reviewed by CADAP are selected through the council’s pre-application advice service or through the planning application process.  However, please note that engagement with CADAP is discretionary and the use of the pre-application service or the submission of a planning application does not necessarily guarantee design review by CADAP.