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Quality Review Panel (formerly Conservation and Design Advisory Panel) is seeking new members

Tower Hamlets is one of the most exciting places to live and work in the country. It is one of the fastest growing boroughs in the UK.

It includes:

  • 58 conservation areas
  • over 2000 Listed Buildings
  • a World Heritage site
  • many historic assets reflecting the long and varied cultural history of the area
  • home to award-winning contemporary architecture.

Importance of design

The borough sits between the City and Canary Wharf and experiences the highest levels of housing growth anywhere in the UK. A lot pressure on the borough to develop results in one of the most densely populated boroughs in the UK. And also one of the fastest-growing areas in Europe.

Delivering high quality design makes sure Tower Hamlets remains one of the most dynamic and attractive parts of London. The aim is to achieve excellence in the quality of our buildings and spaces.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), revised on 20 July 2021, states that: “Development that is not well designed should be refused” (para. 134).

Development in the borough must do more than preserve. There is a need to enhance and improve which is supported through the policies in the Tower Hamlets Local Plan.

Creating successful places requires discussions between everyone involved in the development process.

About the panel

Tower Hamlets’ Quality Review Panel (QRP) (formerly Conservation and Design Advisory Panel (CADAP)) has been running for over 30 years. It provides expert design advice and guidance to planning officers, applicants and members of the planning committees.

Membership includes those with knowledge of the creation of new buildings and places. This covers architecture, heritage, landscape, urban design, sustainability, regeneration and town planning.

Design experts in disciplines from access, public realm and the arts are also represented on the panel. The panel will meet monthly to discuss and feedback ideas on a range of development proposals. Panel members are paid for their attendance at an agreed day rate.

New opportunities and responsibilities

As part of this refresh, the council are also looking to appoint two new chairs and two new vice chairs.

The primary role of the chairs will be to coordinate the panel discussion and summarise key points at the end of the review.

The chair will also cover chair and surgery reviews and represent the views of the panel on behalf of the council at planning committee and public inquiry (if needed. A good level of knowledge and experience is required for these positions.

The role of vice chair is to support the chair and to take on the responsibilities of the chair if absent. Please say on the application form whether you are applying for one of these positions.

Tower Hamlets QRP is also seeking new professionals to support and add diversity to the existing pool. It is important that you either

  • live or work within the borough and/or
  • have experience working on projects in the borough or significant knowledge/interest in the borough.

We are keen to hear from professionals that can show a strong understanding of the character and identity of Tower Hamlets.

This is an exciting opportunity to change the shape and form of future development of the borough and London.

Tower Hamlets aims to have a panel that best reflects the diversity and inclusivity of the borough. We welcome applications from professionals from a diverse background. This includes

  • Black, Asian, minority ethnic
  • LGBTQIA+ communities
  • those with protected characteristics or with disabilities
  • female professionals.

For more information about the panel and how you can get involved email euan.millar-mcmeeken@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Download the application form




Please submit your application to euan.millar-mcmeeken@towerhamlets.gov.uk by the deadline, 5pm on 25 July 2022.

Applicants will be invited for an informal chat about the role and the skills they offer in late July/early August 2022. We will then make a decision and let the candidates know. 

We welcome expressions of interest from all professionals but are particularly keen to hear from specialists in the following areas:

  • Architecture
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Transport/Waste
  • Engineering