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Transport planning specialist appointed to Design Review Panel

6th May 2020

Sam Denby from our transport planning team has been accepted on to the independent and highly regarded Design Review Panel which helps shape best practice in the built environment.

The Design Review Panel is a UK-wide group of independent, multi-disciplinary construction professionals who provide impartial expert advice to applicants and local authorities on design issues in relation to important new development schemes and proposals for public spaces ahead of planning submissions.

From an impartial position, members of the Panel will be brought together to provide a constructive conversation about a project to provide feedback and advice on any improvements to make the project as good as it can possibly be for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Members appointed to the Design Review Panel are recognised as experts in their field and eminently qualified to comment and advise others on specific issues that will be relevant to a planning submission. Planning approval bodies are known to look favourably at schemes that have been reviewed by the Panel, and influenced by their feedback.

Commenting on his appointment, Sam Denby, Technical Director, Transport Planning at Hydrock, said “To be recognised to this degree as a subject matter expert and invited to join the Design Review Panel is a great accolade and evidence of the quality of the transport planning team at Hydrock.

“I have extensive experience advising developers, architects, planners and local authorities on the transport and highways impacts of proposed new developments. My achievements, borne out in successful planning submissions, come from understanding behaviours, analysing data, and recognising how people change and adapt to new scenarios.

“I look forward to working with fellow professionals on the Design Review Panel and using my own specific expertise to help others ensure that their schemes are the very best they can be. I think in life we all benefit from a fresh pair of eyes, so it’s great to be able to offer pragmatic, commercial advice on a wide range of schemes nationally.”