- 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 committee is formed from representatives from Reading Civic Society, the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA), Caversham and District Residents Association (CADRA) and other Neighbourhood Action Groups. 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.
Achievements to date
These include progress in updating Conservation Area Appraisals and identification of 8 Heritage Views which have been included, at the instigation of the CAAC, in the new Local Plan. For more look 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.
Updating Conservation Area Appraisals- Progress
In December 2018 the revised appraisal for St Peter’s Caversham was adopted by RBC after work which took nearly 3 years elapsed time.
The updated Russell Street/ Castle Hill / Oxford Road Conservation Area Appraisal was adopted by Reading Borough Council in March 2020 after work over a 4 year period.
In 2018-19 work was underway to update the Market Place/ London Street CA & St Mary’s /Castle Street CA Appraisals but this has been over taken by the work by the High Street Heritage Action Zone which started in 2020. Progress on Market Place/ London St may be seen HERE. Work to update Eldon Square CA Appraisal progresses slowly.