Creating Excellence provides practical assistance in support of good design and effective community engagement to make better places and communities. CE operates throughout the South West of England, from Gloucestershire to Cornwall.
CE runs the Creating Excellence South West Design Review Panel which it created in 2005 to raise design standards in architecture and the built environment by giving guidance on major schemes at proposal stage. It also runs the CE Housing Excellence Design Panel that offers design review and Building for Life Design Support, particularly useful to support masterplan preparation and reserved matters applications.
As part of the Design Network, CE has been awarded funding to focus efforts on increasing the skills and learning of councillors, planning officers and communities in improving design quality and delivery outcomes.
CE has recently undertaken the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Place Analysis. CE has been the regional hub for empowerment and engagement work, initiating Funding South West, and the South West Localism Group.
CE was set up in 2004 as the region’s centre of excellence on regeneration, funded by the South West Regional Development Agency. Now independent, it has adapted and continues to adapt. It is a social enterprise and a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.