Design and Conservation Panel

The Design and Conservation Panel supports our work to deliver national and local design and conservation objectives, and helps to secure the highest possible design quality of buildings and spaces, and to preserve and enhance the historic environment.

The panel has three specific roles:

  • To provide a forum for pre-application presentation of, briefing for, and expert advice on, major or otherwise significant development proposals
  • To provide formal comments on submitted applications
  • To comment from time to time on policies and guidance related to design and conservation

The panel meets every four weeks. It's made up of around 20 individuals, with skills in architecture, planning, urban design, landscape design and the historic environment. Four to six members will typically attend each meeting.

Minutes of Design & Conservation Panel meetings

When submitted planning applications have been discussed by the panel, the minutes will be available to view below:

Cambridge Design and Construction Awards

The council runs an annual Design and Construction Awards programme, which the panel supports in part through the chair sitting on the judging panel for the awards and through members helping promote them in the development community.


Pictured below, Radegund Hall at Coleridge Community College, the Old Divinity School at St John's College, the Nook on Cherry Hinton Road, and the Alison Richard Building on West Road have won awards as part of the city council's Design and Construction Awards and have been reviewed by the panel.

Radegund HallThe Old Divinity SchoolThe NookAlison Richard Building

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