Prior + Partners Associate Director Sammas Ng has been appointed as part of a new independent Design Review Panel, consisting of design experts and architects, to help guide good growth in Waltham Forest, London.

The panel, commissioned by Waltham Forest Council and managed by Frame Projects, will work to advise on the delivery of high-quality development, closely aligned with the council’s missions: to make Waltham Forest a great place to live and age well, to tackle the housing head on, to lead the way for a net-zero borough and create safe, green neighbourhoods where everyone can thrive.

The borough is a leader in attracting and delivering good growth in London – the council works hard to make a big difference to residents’ lives. A key priority for new development in the borough is to achieve the highest – or ‘exemplar’ – design quality. Exemplar design is about more than what a development looks like: it considers human, social, environmental, and financial value.

As one of 25 panelists, Sammas will bring his 16 years’ experience leading design teams and working collaboratively with communities and stakeholders to deliver a range of high-quality placemaking projects of various scales. With a focus on creating place-specific visions, Sammas has designed masterplans, urban frameworks and public realm strategies that respond to local context and heritage settings, meeting the aspirations of the community. A local resident to Waltham Forest, he will also bring his experience in delivering architectural and landscape design guidance that is rooted in local character.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Ahsan Khan said: “It’s the right time launch our new Design Review Panel to help steer our ambitious plans to create 27,000 new homes and vital infrastructure that Waltham Forest needs following the adoption of the Local Plan earlier this year. With the help of leading design experts, we can achieve great things as new developments come forward and I’d like to welcome them all as we embark on this journey to deliver the best outcome for residents.”

A selection of panel members will meet monthly to consider applications, at the request of the council.

For further details, please visit the Waltham Forest Council’s website.