Chris is the Director of Design South East (d:se) an organisation dedicated to supporting a better built environment. D:se developed the first regional design panel, the South East Panel, one of the most respected sources of independent built environment design advice in the UK. Working across the south east and east of England we are advising on major projects including new settlements and urban extensions. We are developing new models of public engagement in the planning process and have recently launched the county wide Kent Design training programme.
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