Conservation Area Advisory Committee

Conservation Area Advisory Committee (CAAC)

In 2015 Reading Civic Society, along with the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA), Caversham and District Residents Association (CADRA) and other Neighbourhood Action Groups started to work with Reading Borough Council to establish a basis by which the existing Conservation Area Appraisals could be progressively updated.  We also wish to examine how to both enhance what we have and how to arrest deterioration. Historic England has provided advice and training in how to look at the features of Conservation Areas and how to undertake Character Appraisals.

The Strategic, Environment, Planning and Transport Committee (SEPT) of Reading Borough Council in April 2016 endorsed the CAAC being set up.  The first meeting was held on 19 May 2016.

The CAAC  is an autonomous advisory body.  The aims for the first year 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.

The first Reading CA to begin their community–led appraisal was the Russell Street & Castle Hill CA, a large densely populated  CA experiencing many of the problems of multiple occupation and inner city living.  This was followed in July 2016 by St Peters, Caversham.

Achievements to date may be seen here

Information about two Character Area Appraisals my be seen;  Russell Street/ Castle Hill and St Peter’s Caversham.

 Officers Appointed for the first year:

Chair Karen Rowland

Vice-Chair  Richard Bennett