Urban designer Stephen Taylor has been invited to join a prestigious new urban development panel.
Stephen, who works Manchester and is part of the 20 strong Design team at independent planning consultancy Turley, will join the Cheshire West and Chester Design Panel to review proposed new developments in West Cheshire to help ensure the highest standards of design and architecture.
The Cheshire West and Chester Design Review Panel will consider plans for buildings, masterplans, public art, green spaces and other projects likely to have a significant impact on the borough’s communities.
Stephen Taylor, Associate Director, Urban Design, Turley, said:
“It is a privilege to be invited to join this new panel. I look forward to meeting and working alongside my fellow panelists and making a meaningful contribution to improving the quality of the built environment across the borough.”
The Cheshire West and Chester Design Panel will bring together local architects, engineers and other specialists to provide independent and impartial design advice and guidance to developers and their design teams.
Developers will be encouraged to refer their proposals at the earliest possible stage – ideally prior to a planning application – to allow them the best opportunity to act on any recommendations. The panel will produce a report on each project for consideration by members of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committees.
Councillor Carolyn Graham, the Council’s Design Champion, said:
“Achieving high standards of design and architecture are top priorities for Cheshire West and Chester Council, and we now have an invaluable pool of expertise to help us achieve our aims.
“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. I have no doubt the design review panel will prove a terrific resource for our borough, helping to shape and better the places where we live, work and play.”