Achievements to date

Updated 14 February 2018

Updating Appraisals

  • In December 2017 we were delighted to submit our Draft Conservation Area Appraisal update for St Peter’s Caversham to RBC.  We have since held two meetings to progress its refinement and a Site Visit will be held in February to resolve a couple of questions from RBC.   After further refinement the document will be presented to the SEPT in July and the Council will undertake consultation.  It will be December 2018 before this is approved and live.


  • 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.  We have started on Market Place/ London Street and  Eldon Square.
  • 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.
  • 1 page summaries have been prepared for ALL areas except Horncastle and Routh, where we do not have representation on our 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

Protection of significant views with heritage interest

We have worked with the Council’s Planning Policy team to identify River and Town Views of historical significance. As  a result the Local Plan for 2018 includes 8 agreed views.

In January 2018 we submitted a summary document to RBC which  analyses the features of each area. Once this is approved it will be published and a link provided here.

This concluded some stirling work by a small number of volunteers from the CAAC.

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 enables us to gain an understanding of proposals and we aim to shape them on the way.

My Conservation Area Matters

Reading Civic Society walks of the two central Conservation Areas in Friday 16 and Sunday 18 June and over Heritage Open Days 2017.  Details are shown on the 2017 Activities for members page.

Walks of Caversham and Whitley/ Katesgrove Conservation Areas were also run on Heritage Open Day by Residents Associations.