Welcome to information about Reading Civic Society, Conservation Areas & the Conservation Area Advisory Committee

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The Role of Reading Civic Society

Reading Civic Society was formed in 1962 to fight a wave of insensitive developments which threatened the historic town centre.

Information about our Role may be found HERE.

Information about our Activities and how to join us may be found HERE

You may contact the Chair (Richard Bennett) to discuss any particular interests on Bennettbaker@msn.com

You may have been directed to this page from Reading Borough Council’s page about Conservation Areas.  If so you can find information about these by clicking on the links which follow:

Conservation Areas.

  • Brief guidance about the planning constraints if you own, or rent, a property or run a business in a Conservation Area.
  • 1 page summaries of the special features of each Conservation Area and Individual Conservation Area Character Appraisals.
  • My Conservation Area matters – celebrating the 50th anniversary of Conservation Areas

Listed Buildings .

Information is provided to guide owners of Listed Buildings on the permissions they need to be able to undertake work to their properties.

Article 4 Directions

Buildings in 15 streets across Reading have an Article 4 Direction applied either to manage ensure the retention of original features of historic streets (patterned brick work, original doors and windows) and / or to manage the conversion of houses to Homes of Multiple Accommodation around the University and in Jesse Terrace.  An Article 4 removes Permitted Development rights, it requires the owner to submit a planning application if they wish to undertake action which will impact on the property.  Full details of the streets and the implications is HERE. 

Established in 2016 information is provided here about its work and progress to date.

Conservation Area Advisory Committee.  

Achievements to date may be seen HERE


A report on Reading’s 9 Heritage Views was accepted by RBC as an input into the latest plan.  It may be seen HERE.

Conservation Area Appraisal Updates

We have made significant progress updating two conservation Area Appraisals, the progress updates are:

St Peter’s Caversham

Russell St/ Castle Hill


Volunteers to assist complete this significant task are sought. Please contact  Evelyn Williams – the Chair of the CAAC if you wish to discuss how to get involved chair.readingcaac@gmail.com

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