Design panel to scrutinise planning applications

Design panel to scrutinise planning applications

Design panel to scrutinise planning applications

First published in News

DEVELOPERS will be scrutinised to make sure their design and architecture is of the highest standards.

A new panel has been set up to consider plans for buildings, masterplans, public art, green spaces and other projects.

The 19-strong Cheshire West and Chester Design Review Panel will be made up of architects, engineers and other specialists to provide independent and impartial design advice and guidance to developers and their design teams.

It will be an advisory body without any formal decision-making powers but will produce a report on each project for consideration by members of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committees.

Clr Carolyn Graham, the council’s design champion, said: “By offering independent, expert advice - drawing on professional knowledge and experience within a local context - the panel will have a crucial role to play in assisting and encouraging developers to deliver design excellence."

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4:29pm Fri 5 Sep 14

m cuddington says...

I hope I'm wrong but the new leisure centre in Northwich currently being built looks a pretty uninspiring BOX on a block.
Perhaps it'll look better when it's finished and will be better inside than it looks from outside.
A shame the new design panel wasn't in place before this development got underway.
I hope I'm wrong but the new leisure centre in Northwich currently being built looks a pretty uninspiring BOX on a block. Perhaps it'll look better when it's finished and will be better inside than it looks from outside. A shame the new design panel wasn't in place before this development got underway. m cuddington
  • Score: -6

2:43pm Sat 6 Sep 14

WHS says...

If it is the same kind of people who allowed the desecration of our town in the past God help us.
Alan Lowe.
If it is the same kind of people who allowed the desecration of our town in the past God help us. Alan Lowe. WHS
  • Score: -4

4:04pm Sat 6 Sep 14

L Byrne says...

Oh dear, oh dear! A committee made up of 19 'professionals', 17 male and 2 female, from the architecture industry sounds like a recipe for a shambolic talking shop . Note, the Council has kept out ordinary members of the public or residents who might have to actually make use of the buildings or see them every day.

Still, from the Council's point of view, it gives the false impression of involving others and the opportunity to excuse its architectural monstrosities by blaming this committee. A clever stroke.

It will be interesting to see if the Council will be brave enough to ask the new body for its views on Barons Quay. There is still enough time to save Northwich town centre from becoming a national laughing stock and an example in how not to do town centre redevelopment in the 21st Century.

The reaction of the public to what the new leisure centre actually looks like, an upended shipping container, is strong evidence that the crackpots in Chester literally need to go back to the drawing board to prevent the desecration of our town that Alan Lowe above is concerned about.
Oh dear, oh dear! A committee made up of 19 'professionals', 17 male and 2 female, from the architecture industry sounds like a recipe for a shambolic talking shop . Note, the Council has kept out ordinary members of the public or residents who might have to actually make use of the buildings or see them every day. Still, from the Council's point of view, it gives the false impression of involving others and the opportunity to excuse its architectural monstrosities by blaming this committee. A clever stroke. It will be interesting to see if the Council will be brave enough to ask the new body for its views on Barons Quay. There is still enough time to save Northwich town centre from becoming a national laughing stock and an example in how not to do town centre redevelopment in the 21st Century. The reaction of the public to what the new leisure centre actually looks like, an upended shipping container, is strong evidence that the crackpots in Chester literally need to go back to the drawing board to prevent the desecration of our town that Alan Lowe above is concerned about. L Byrne
  • Score: -7

11:33pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Fredericus says...

Hopefully the committee that decided to fill our town with concrete monstrosities such the Magistrates Court, Police Station and Council Offices are now long dead. I would now like to see something tasteful to replace the recent past and it is telling that old photographs of Northwich show it to be a pretty market town. We could have been posh like Knutsford if we had kept the concrete at bay.
Hopefully the committee that decided to fill our town with concrete monstrosities such the Magistrates Court, Police Station and Council Offices are now long dead. I would now like to see something tasteful to replace the recent past and it is telling that old photographs of Northwich show it to be a pretty market town. We could have been posh like Knutsford if we had kept the concrete at bay. Fredericus
  • Score: -2

10:13pm Mon 8 Sep 14

todayisagreatday says...

I think Memorial Court will look like the Winsford Lifestyle Centre looking at the shape and initial desigb. And Barons Quay will be like Halton Lea complete with Asda and Cinema and probably a Pizza Hut. So, we will have a combination of Halton Lea and Winsford. What more do people want, both Halton Lea and Winsford are thriving places, I'm sure Northwich will do great.
I think Memorial Court will look like the Winsford Lifestyle Centre looking at the shape and initial desigb. And Barons Quay will be like Halton Lea complete with Asda and Cinema and probably a Pizza Hut. So, we will have a combination of Halton Lea and Winsford. What more do people want, both Halton Lea and Winsford are thriving places, I'm sure Northwich will do great. todayisagreatday
  • Score: -7

10:54pm Mon 8 Sep 14

L Byrne says...

SHOPPING TROLLEY OF THE NORTH

Here is an idea for the new panel to consider.

A 100 ft high illuminated sculpture depicting a supermarket shopping trolley should be erected in the centre of the new gigantic traffic roundabout on Chesterway. The figure, based on the Angel of the North in Gateshead would be a signal to the wider world that Northwich is proud to have the highest concentration of grocery supermarkets in a small town centre in the entire UK. With the cherry on the cake being the new ugly ASDA on the Weaver river front.

Just think of the kudos and the thousands of shoppers it would attract eager to have a choice of ten places where they could buy their cornflakes and tea bags.

If the Council is willing to throw £40million at a posh theatre in Chester , would can't it spend a few quid on a piece of art for Northwich?
SHOPPING TROLLEY OF THE NORTH Here is an idea for the new panel to consider. A 100 ft high illuminated sculpture depicting a supermarket shopping trolley should be erected in the centre of the new gigantic traffic roundabout on Chesterway. The figure, based on the Angel of the North in Gateshead would be a signal to the wider world that Northwich is proud to have the highest concentration of grocery supermarkets in a small town centre in the entire UK. With the cherry on the cake being the new ugly ASDA on the Weaver river front. Just think of the kudos and the thousands of shoppers it would attract eager to have a choice of ten places where they could buy their cornflakes and tea bags. If the Council is willing to throw £40million at a posh theatre in Chester , would can't it spend a few quid on a piece of art for Northwich? L Byrne
  • Score: -8
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