Welcome to Reading Civic Society & the Conservation Area Advisory Committee

Reading Civic Society was formed in 1962 to fight a wave of insensitive developments which threatened the historic town centre.

Information about our role may be found HERE

Information about our activities and how to join us may be found HERE

Please do join us to support our work. HERE

Our Facebook Page is HERE

Our Twitter Page is 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:

Conservation Areas

Listed Buildings

Locally Listed Buildings

Article 4 Directions

The CAAC was established in 2016  its aims include taking the lead in updating Conservation Area Appraisals and make proposals for the enhancement and general care of maintenance of CAs. For further information about its work, progress to date and Committee members go to:

Conservation Area Advisory Committee.  

Recent Posts

Station Retail Park development plans submitted

Station Retail Park Development (the TGI Fridays/ ALDI/ Majestic Wine Warehouse site), Caversham Road / Vastern Road. Application for Outline Planning Consent now submitted.

The initial design for the development which will run along Vastern Road and Caversham Road.

3 April 2020 An application for Outline Planning Consent has been submitted for this site No 200328. The link to the application on RBCs Planning site is HERE

A final exhibition was held on 30 & 31 October 2019.  The link HERE takes you to information about the proposals. On Social Media there are understandable concerns from local residents about the loss of the supermarket and other facilities, which will not be replaced for 5 years (the expected time the scheme will take to complete). If taken to completion this scheme will add some 900 flats and some office space with retail on the ground floors. The scheme raised a lot of opposition from people living in Caversham the company commented after the exhibition that “Most of the 220 comments came from Caversham residents and 70% objected.” The Reading on Thames Nov 2019 blog commented The height of the tall building has been pointlessly shrunk to placate the moaners from Caversham Heights.”

On 21 January members of the RCS committee, the CAAC and CADRA met Barton Willmore, the advisors behind the scheme, high up in the Blade to gain a better understanding of what is proposed here. When we meet developers and their agents in this way there is an agreement about confidentiality. It would not however be any surprise that as the site is owned by AVIVA (pension company) that Barton Willmore are developing a scheme which will lead to an Outline Planning Application, the site will then be sold on to a developer who will submit a detailed application with a view to implementation. We were given to understand that the leases on the sites end from 2021 to 2025. It will probably take up to 2 years to work up an outline planning application which gains consent so it is understandable why the scheme has been raised now.

The concerns we raised with BW included: how would construction be undertaken, would the whole site be worked on at the same time or would it work block by block as each lease came to and end (difficult either way), the challenges of all the construction traffic serving developments on Station Hill, SSE, Reading Metropolitan and this site all at pretty much the same time, the closeness of the accommodation blocks to each other, views though the site from the station to the Thames, how the design of the 3 nearby development sites work together (SSE Vastern Road, Reading Metropolitan (the former GPO Sorting Office)), pollution from the nearby road, the accumulated impact of the town centre developments on Healthcare facilities, what social facilities would be provided to build communities, are the units for sale or rent, affordable element? We have been offered a return discussion when there is more information.

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  2. Drews buildings added to local list Comments Off on Drews buildings added to local list
  3. Plans for Station Hill Comments Off on Plans for Station Hill
  4. SSE site, Vastern Road Comments Off on SSE site, Vastern Road
  5. King Edwards Building added to local list Comments Off on King Edwards Building added to local list
  6. The future of Reading Golf Club Comments Off on The future of Reading Golf Club
  7. Updated information about plans for Reading Golf Club Comments Off on Updated information about plans for Reading Golf Club
  8. Chazey Barn: a sad state of repair Comments Off on Chazey Barn: a sad state of repair
  9. Chestnut Walk trees to be replaced Comments Off on Chestnut Walk trees to be replaced