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

Changes to the News section ; 28 October 2019  Reading Gaol Hug. 30 October – WhatsonReading site for Art, Culture and Heritage, Weldale Street update and The Planning Handbook. Images added to AGM page

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 summaries of the special features of Reading’s 15 Conservation Areas and links to the individual appraisals.  Guidance is also provided about the planning constraints for those owning, or renting, a property or a business in a CA.

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.

Locally Listed Buildings

There is a link to RBC’s Local List and also information about how to propose a building be added to the Local List (forms provided).

Article 4 Directions

Buildings in 15 streets across Reading have an Article 4 Direction applied to them. Full details of the streets and the implications is HERE. 

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. This may include changes to windows and doors or conversion of buildings to Homes of Multiple Occupation.

Established in 2016 the aims include

  • To take the lead in updating Conservation Area Appraisals and make proposals for the enhancement and general care of maintenance of CAs.
  •  To further Education about Conservation Areas.
  • To advise the Council on certain Planning Applications,  Pre-Applications or other matters referred to it,  which affect the character or appearance of a Conservation Area or Heritage Site or other area of Historic import.
  • To advise the Council on schemes of public realm/ public highway which may be referred to it.

For further information about its work, progress to date and Committee members go to:

Conservation Area Advisory Committee.  


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

Recent Posts

Reading Gaol Hug 13 October 2019

Party politics were transcended on Sunday 13th October when Reading’s two MPs, Matt Rodda, the Rt Hon Alok Sharma (Secretary of State for International Development), and Reading Borough Councillors from all parties joined the 1,000 people who assembled in Reading Abbey Ruins on Sunday afternoon to stage a community Hug of the boundary walls of Reading Gaol. People of all ages took part.

Lind Saul The Councillors join the Hug

Image from the Reading Gaol Hug above

For more, including the Video of MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma being interviewed go to: http://www.readingcivicsociety.org.uk/wordpress/?page_id=1848

The Reading Gaol Website is https://readinggaolhug.uk

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