CALA scheme approved after DSE reviews

Surrey Heath Borough Council has granted approval to CALA Homes for a scheme for 215 homes as part of the redevelopment of the Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut. DSE have conducted a series of design reviews of the Princess Royal Barracks redevelopment proposals, to be known as Mindenhurst, which will eventually deliver 1,200 homes, a school and village centre.  Two reviews were undertaken of this early phase. Gardner Stewart Architects designed the proposal which will sit in a woodland setting.  DSE advice centred on connectivity around the development, ensuring there was a convincing sustainable urban drainage strategy, and the way the houses address the public spaces and wooded areas. The development is subject to a masterplan and design code and the design review panel helped the parties resolve issues about how they should be interpreted.

Surrey Heath have a clear commitment to using design review for all proposals over a certain threshold which is helping them to improve the quality of schemes coming through planning and resolve design issues at an early stage.

For more information on DSE design review services email David Tittle: or call 01634 401166 and request a call back.

Meet our new Design Advisor – Helen Goodwin

Helen has recently been awarded her doctoral degree for her PhD research supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council exploring the impact of design on the public and community life of three newly regenerated town squares funded by the Mayor of London. This has examined the relationship between policy agendas, design ambitions and lived experiences of places at the heart of local neighbourhoods and, drawing on this knowledge, as a Design Advisor at DSE Helen is committed to improving the quality and success of projects for their end-users. Whilst carrying out her research, Helen has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate architecture and landscape architecture at Kingston University in a cross-disciplinary design studio, as well as leading seminars on the History and Theory of Architecture. With a background in anthropology from a previous degree at Cambridge University, Helen trained as an architect and has experience working on projects from the scale of the domestic to the scale of the city.

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Reading housing scheme gets permission

Reading housing scheme

A proposal to build 765 new homes on a retail park next to the River Kennet in Reading which was design reviewed by DSE’s Berkshire Panel has been given planning permission. The scheme is designed by PRP for developer London & Quadrant … [Continue reading]

Black Country Panel appointed


The Black Country LEP, supported by DSE, has appointed its Panel to assess and advise on housing schemes for the Black Country Garden City The Black Country Garden City is an ambitious initiative to increase the quantity and raise the quality of … [Continue reading]

Grain House gets planning approval


East London architects, Studio Bark has won approval for a private house at Thakeham, West Sussex after taking the proposal to the DSE design review panel. The application was made under Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework which … [Continue reading]

DCLG Planning Delivery Fund

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DCLG have announced new funding to help improve design quality and speed up housing growth. DSE can be your partner to deliver the outcomes required. The Planning Delivery Fund includes streams for Joint Working, Design Quality and Innovation.  … [Continue reading]

Caring Wood is RIBA House of the Year

Caring Wood House

Caring Wood in Kent, a ‘paragraph 55’ house reviewed by the DSE design review panel, has been named 2017 RIBA House of the Year. Designed by James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell the house is inspired by the traditional oast houses of Kent, the … [Continue reading]

Croydon’s Whitgift redevelopment approved


A scheme to redevelop a major south London shopping centre, which was reviewed by the DSE panel, has been given planning approval. The London Borough of Croydon has given the go ahead for the Whitgift Shopping Centre to be redeveloped with a mix … [Continue reading]

Consultant required – help us plan our work with communities

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We are seeking a consultant to help us increase our direct involvement with communities As an enterprising charity, we have developed a financial model based entirely on fee income. Everything we do is in the public interest, but often the benefit … [Continue reading]

Join our team – full time post for Design Advisor


Join a growing organisation at the forefront of promoting good design in the built environment. DSE is an independent charity working to improve the quality of design in the built environment. We started over 20 years ago as an architecture centre … [Continue reading]