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Design and Conservation Panel

The design and conservation panel supports our work to deliver national and local design and conservation objectives. It helps 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 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.


The Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service (GCSP) is reviewing this panel to ensure it continues to provide an effective service.

GSCP has appointed Urban Design Learning (UDL) to carry out the review. UDL will consult stakeholders including panel members, officers, councillors, and residents’ associations.

Let us know if you would like to share your views about the panel by completing a short survey, or if you have any questions about the project. Contact Joanne Preston, Principal Urban Design Officer at

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 panel supports our annual design and construction awards programme. The chair sits on the judging panel for the awards, and members help promote them in the development community.


The buildings pictured below have been reviewed by the panel and have won awards at our design and construction awards.