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The Role of Reading Civic Society
Reading Civic Society was formed in 1962 to fight a wave of insensitive development that threatened to destroy much of the town’s historic centre.
- Scrutinise new planning proposals [link to section on planning]
- Promote conservation not only of historic buildings but also of the town’s waterways, parks and street landscapes
- Encourage good design in new developments.
- Educational visits are arranged each year to nearby towns and cities during which we seek to meet members of their Civic Society to learn what we can about their issues and solutions.
- An annual party is held for members in March each year. There is a newsletter for members 2-3 times a year.
- Reading Civic Society is a member of Civic Voice – the national charity for the Civic Movement. Several of its members are part of the Reading Conservation Area Advisory Committee which was formed in 2016 to advice Reading Borough Council on the issues facing Conservation Areas.
Further 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:
- 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
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.
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:
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
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 firstname.lastname@example.org