Achievements to date

Updating Appraisals

  • 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 shortly after by St Peter’s, Caversham. We are working to complete these two during 2017 and to start Christchurch and Redlands.
  • 1 page summaries have been prepared for ALL areas except Horncastle and Routh, where we do not have representation on our committee.
  • 3 page updates, with representative images, have also been prepared for a number of areas and some others are being worked on. Others await volunteers to help.
  • The above are held on the CAAC area of the Reading Civic Society Website. Once all are completed they will be loaded onto the Reading Borough Council site.

Protection of significant views with heritage interest

We have worked with the Council’s Planning Policy team to identify 10-12 River and Town Views of historical significance. Once the list is agreed (8 are so far in line) it is proposed they will be included in the next RBC Plan with wording on the lines of:-

New development should not harm, and where possible should make a positive contribution to, views of acknowledged historical significance.

Commenting on Planning Applications

We have commented on a number of applications- from the Three Guineas to the Petrol Station on London Road.  The council have welcomed our informed comments.

Engaged with Developers of major and minor planning proposals during the course of the development of their proposals. This is to gain an understanding of proposals and to seek to shape them on the way.

My Conservation Area Matters

We are planning a walk of the two central Conservation Areas in Friday 16 and Sunday 18 June.  Details will be announced on this website and booking by Eventbrite.

We wish to encourage Residents Associations with Conservation Areas in their range to consider running walks of their areas on the Friday and Sunday of Heritage Open Days, 7-10 September. We are open to, and wish to encourage, other ideas. To find out more go HERE