Design Review Panel

Harrow’s Design Review Panel (DRP) consists of an independent panel of built environment professionals who provide expert design advice on new development proposals for the borough.

The DRP forms an important part of the planning process in shaping development and it is recommended that schemes are reviewed by the Panel as part of a pre-application process or planning performance agreement (PPA).

DRP members do not make planning decisions and instead provide supplementary expert advice. This is in addition to internal design advice provided by Council officers.

Whilst Council offices remain closed, all DRP sessions are running remotely via Microsoft Teams. Harrow Council is committed to ensuring that the same quality of briefing and advice is maintained regardless of review format.

Panel Refresh 2021

The Council is undertaking a refresh of its DRP membership for April 2021 with the aim to increase expertise and quality advice, local knowledge and diversity.

If you wish to apply to become a member please download the application form and guidance below and return completed applications and an accompanying CV to [email protected] by by 5:00pm Friday 2nd April 2021.

Schemes typically seen by the Panel

The type of scheme that may be referred to the DRP include:

  • major or strategic planning applications (typically above 10 residential units)
  • development proposals that may significantly affect urban design in Harrow
  • development proposals which have special significance or interest to a local area
  • council frameworks, policies and initiatives with urban design implications
  • site-specific masterplans, design codes and design guidance.

Types of Review

Harrow operates three types of review:

  • Full Panel Review (1 Chair and 3 Members)
  • Chair Review (1 Chair and 1 Member)
  • Desktop Review (1 Chair)

Panel Chairs

Richard Cottrell

Richard Cottrell is co-founder and director of Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture, a practice focused on the education and community sectors which has received multiple awards including the BD Architect of the Year Gold Award 2016 and BD Education Architect of the Year 2018.

Richard has delivered a number of award-winning and shortlisted projects including Westborough Primary School Zero-Carbon exemplar and the Royal London Hospital Children’s Play Space.

He has lectured widely on education and liturgical spaces and sits on Southwark and Lewisham design review panels. Richard is currently overseeing four new housing projects for Southwark Council, a new primary school in Brent, and a new church in Southend-on-Sea.
Katy Marks

Katy Marks is an Architect and Director of Citizens Design Bureau. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and Cambridge University with an Mphil in Environmental Design.

Katy was previously at Haworth Tompkins Architects where she worked on the Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre, Young Vic and National Theatre Studios before establishing Citizens Design Bureau in 2013. 

Current work ranges from Arts Centres, dance and music studios, to a new Jewish Museum in Manchester, a Church in Epping Forest, Community Land Trust Housing in Newham and sustainable typologies for libraries and civic spaces within new developments – for Hackney Council and the LLDC.
Neil Deely

Neil is Co-Founder and Partner of architecture and urbanism practice Metropolitan Workshop LLP established in 2004, with studios in London and Dublin.

His expertise lies in the design of complex residential led mixed-use projects, masterplanning and major public realm projects. He facilitates open, collaborative design dialogues and has a deep understanding and interest in the relationship between people and place.

He leads the practice’s ongoing research into suburban housing densities, modular construction and the UK’s Private Rented Sector. Neil is also the Chair of LB Newham’s Design Review Panel as well as LB Barking & Dagenham Quality Review Panel and a member of the Design South East panel.