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Reading Borough Council Planning Applications Committee meeting agenda for Wed. 25th April

23 April 2018

This is a link to the agenda and papers for the Wed. 25th Apr. meeting. 

CADRA AGM next Tue. 17th April & chairman's report

12 April 2018

The CADRA AGM will take place on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 7.30pm in Thameside School Hall. Following the brief formal business, the speaker will be Sue Holden, Chief Officer of the Chilterns Conservation Board for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Chilterns lie on Caversham’s doorstep: their woodland, hills, views, chalk streams and history provide a huge recreational asset for all of us, as well as a rich and diverse habitat. But such a lovely area so close to London is under huge development pressure, not only from housing but from big infrastructure projects like HS2.

The Chairman's Report 2017-2018

CADRA News - Spring 2018

Current Planning Applications

11 April 2018

Latest Planning Summary

CADRA maintains a summary of the significant local planning applications and appeals which is updated each month. Each application listed provides a direct link the RBC website where plans can be seen and comments sent on line.  Links to the Planning Inspectorate show progress on appeals. Applications in South Oxfordshire  which are significant and close to the border with Reading are also listed.

South Oxfordshire new Local Plan 2033

11 April 2018

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) have released the latest version of their Local Plan, for the period to 2033.  In March full Council met to consider the Cabinet recommendation for the Local Plan and rejected it. The Local Plan will now go back to Cabinet and Council for further consideration. More details, including the meeting dates, to follow. SODC Local Plan 2033

The Emerging Local Plan 2011-2033 gives more information about these plans and on Previous Local Plan Consultations.

Reading Borough Council new local plan submitted for examination

31 March 2018

Reading Borough Council (RBC) submitted their Draft Local Plan for examination by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the 29th March 2018. It contains the policies and sites for how Reading will develop up to 2036. It identifies the amount of development that will take place, the areas and sites where development is expected to be accommodated, and where it will be restricted, and sets out policies for how planning applications will be decided. A number of other documents have also been submitted, which make up the evidence base for the Local Plan. They can be viewed at: New Local Plan

CADRA has actively supported and been involved in the Historic Environment Background Paper, which is part of the evidence base supporting the plan. It sets out RBC's commitment towards the protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and it acknowledges the substantial work by CAAC (Reading Conservation Area Advisory Committee) and Kim Pearce, a CADRA committe member.

Caversham Buses - CADRA's concerns

19 March 2018

CADRA have serious concerns about the introduction of the revised Caversham bus services - particularly the 22 route. So we have emailed Martjn Gilbert, Reading Buses CEO, expressing those concerns. This is the message text

Reading Borough Council Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport Committee Mon. 19th March web-cast

19 March 2018

The agenda for the Reading Borough Council's Traffic Management Sub-Committee meeting on Mon. 19th March. The video web-cast is now available for this meeting.

Community-led Appraisal of St Peters Conservation Area

17 March 2018

In January 2018, RBC responded to the Draft Appraisal and set out a programme and method for approving community led appraisals together with some detailed comments and suggestions on the St Peters appraisal itself.

The St Peters appraisal is effectively acting as a pilot for other appraisals in Reading which are now underway. On February 22nd , Planning Officers from RBC and CAAC members undertook a walkabout in the Conservation Area principally to look at the proposed extensions to the area and the proposed Buildings of Townscape Merit now set out in the draft appraisal.

There was broad agreement on both.

The formal agreement programme set out by the Council has several stages, the immediate next steps are for the CAAC to now agree a final draft of the Appraisal with Planning Officers which will go before Councillors at the Strategic Environment Planning and Transport Committee in July this year.

There is then a further statutory consultation period and other formal processes. It is hoped that the new Appraisal will have been adopted by the Council by the end of 2018.

Read the backgound to where we are today at: Background

See the Document and Resources section, which includes a wealth of information and research that went into the preparation of the document.

Gladman inquiry details, SODC statement & CAGE crowd-funding appeal

14 March 2018

Proposal for 245 homes off Peppard Road

A public inquiry (Planning Inspectorate Case) into the proposed development by Gladman, for 245 houses on farmland along the Peppard Road in South Oxfordshire, next to the border with Reading, will be held from the 1st to 4th May 2018, starting at 10am in the Council Chamber, Henley Rugby Club, Dry Leas, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2JA.

South Oxfordshire District Council have submitted a Statement of Case for the appeal.

A campaign group CAGE, set up by Reading and South Oxfordshire people, who object, have set up a crowd-funding appeal to help them present their case as effectively as possible.

CADRA's objections to this proposal have been submitted to the inquiry: CADRA's objections.Reading Borough Council have confirmed they will support South Oxfordshire District Council in resisting the appeal in the light of the inadequacy of infrastructure and services.

The planning application details: P16/S3630/O


Although South Oxfordshire District Council had earlier been expected to recommend refusal of this application, the planning officer finally recommended approval. Following substantial opposition from Parish Councils and individuals in South Oxfordshire, Caversham and Emmer Green, the Planning Committee decided to refuse the application. The developer, Gladman submitted an appeal and the closing date for comments passed in November.

Reading Borough Council Traffic Management Sub-Committee webcast for Thu. 8th March

9 March 2018

The agenda for the Reading Borough Council's Traffic Management Sub-Committee meeting on Thu. 8th March. A video webcast of the meeting is available.

Albert Road/Highmoor Road junction

21 February 2018

Extra Give Way signs

In November, the Council's Traffic Management Sub-Committee approved Give-ways on Albert Road at its junction with Highmoor Road, in addition to the existing Highmoor Road Stop signs. CADRA has received the final scheme drawing and been invited to comment. Scheme Drawing

The Council have said, "It is our intention to implement the agreed safety improvement work at the earliest opportunity, however, as many of the signing requires illumination, the lead time for implementation can be longer and may take up to 12 weeks for delivery from the day of instruction."

Bus times and routes from 19 February 2018

13 February 2018

Treasure your 22 Bus

In preparation for the significant changes to Caversham bus routes from Monday 19 February here are the maps and times: Reading Buses - Caversham timetable changes, for all routes.  It has been a long complex dialogue since the drastic changes first proposed. While much was achieved, many people remain very concerned. The message from Reading Buses is that if we value the service, we must use it. The campaign group - Concerned of Caversham - have a promtion leaflet about the route 22, which sets out the background and the need for us all to support the local service by using it.

Red recycling bins - New items you can put in them

13 February 2018

Reading Borough Council have announced that more items can be put in the red recycling bins (plastic pots, tubs and trays) for details of what these new items are see the Rubbish page on the council's website. More information about local household waste recycling centres can be found at the Re3 website, the service operated jointly by Reading, Bracknell Forest and Wokingham councils.

New tool to help find missing people with dementia

1 February 2018

The Herbert Protocol initiative is a process to be used where there is a risk that a vulnerable person, particularly if they suffer from dementia, may go missing. There is a two-part form for carers, family members and friends to prepare in advance, which together with a recent photograph, the police will require if the vulnerable person goes missing. If this happens, part two will be completed and the whole form plus photograph are handed to the police. For more infromation: Herbert Protocol Initiative 

Dates, times and locations for the Caversham Safer Neighbourhood Forums

20 January 2018

Thursday 4th January 2018 - Newbridge Nursery, Montague Street - 7-9pm.
Thursday 1st March 2018 - The Weller Centre, Amersham Road - 7-9pm.
Thursday 26th April 2018 - Emmer Green Children's Centre, St Barnabas Road - 7-9pm.
Thursday 21st June 2018 - Newbridge Nursery, Montague Street - 7-9pm.
Thursday 15th November 2018 - The Weller Centre, Amersham Road - 7-9pm.

Caversham Safer Neighbourhood Forum meeting dates