Current Planning Applications

17 November 2023

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.

Reading Golf Club - Vistry Homes November Newsletter

10 November 2023

The Vistry Group (building as Linden Homes and Bovis Homes) have issued their November 2023 Newsletter, for the Emmer Green site of the old Reading Golf Club's course.

RBC Local Transport Strategy 2040 - Caversham Public Drop-in Session

10 November 2023

The public Consultation on Reading Borough Council's Transport Strategy 2040 is open until the 11 December 23.  The Council are holding public drop-in sessions to ask questions and comment on the strategy.

Caversham Library - Thursday 16 November - Church Street, 1-7pm

Reading Town Hall - Wednesday 15 November - Blagrave Street, 1-6pm

Or on

Tuesday 14 November: Battle Library, Oxford Road, 1-7pm

Tuesday 21 November: Whitley Library, Northumberland Avenue, 1-7pm

Thursday 23 November: Palmer Park Library, St Bartholomews Road, 1-4p

In 2020, we Commented on their Strategy 2036 document, which made some radical proposals with an impact on us north of the river and for south Oxfordshire, as this one does. We will review the latest strategy and our previous comments to decide if further ones are required.

The proposals include three new Park and Ride sites accessed from the Woodcote, Peppard and Henley Roads, and linked by an outer orbital route connecting them with Park and Rides south of the river, subject to the building of a third Thames bridge.

Linked in with this is the Council's draft Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy, for which there was a public consultation in August/September 2023, and CADRA Commented on.

RBC Traffic Management Measures Lists

8 November 2023

RBC's Traffic Management Sub-Committee considers traffic measure requests from Councillors, such as pedestrian crossings, traffic calming. The following documents are the requests for the North Reading area:

New Requests

Amendments to Existing Measures 

Principal List - All requests carried forward from previous meeting.

The next committee meeting is on the 13 November -Full Agenda

Latest Newsletter

22 October 2023

CADRA publishes a spring and autumn newsletter to coincide with our AGM and open autumn meeting, which are distributed by email or in hard copy to all of our members. We also publish a monthly roundup  after our committee meeting.

CADRA News - Autumn 2023

County Lines and Knife Crime Event

20 October 2023

With so much public (and local concern) for our young people from the rise in knife crime and organised drug dealing, a professional theatre company ( Justice in Motion) have devised their Odyssey into County Lines and Knife Crime, to help bring awareness of how this is happening.

They will be perfoming it at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, RG2 0FL on Saturday 28 October 2023, at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Each performance will last 45 minutes and is on the stadium's outside concourse.

The performance combines a spectacular blend of physical theatre, parkour*, and trial bike stunts with live rap music. Set on an urban playground, skilled athletes and performers show what is happening to our young people, exploited by organised drug and criminal gangs.

North Reading Neighbourhood Policing Team Newsletter

10 October 2023

The North Reading Neighbourhood Policing Team have issued their September Newsletter

You may also like to read about Friends Against Scams, which is the National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams, by empowering people to take a stand against scams. Anyone can become a 'friend'. Their Scam Marshal Newsletter has useful information about the latest risks to you.

Town Celebrates 100 Years of Reading Bridge

5 October 2023

CADRA joined the mayor and councillors as he unveiled a plaque commemorating a 100 years since Reading Bridge was opened. The event was on TV Meridian, ThamesTV (See link to their Story) and in the local press Reading Today, See more about how it was built and CADRA's leaflet.

Caversham Park House & Garden

13 September 2023

Caverham Park House and Garden Applications:  220409 and 220410 (The second application is required for Listed Buildings but the details are the same.) Use the links to read the documents and comment. These must be submitted by the 6 October

CADRA's Comments on Beechcroft's August updated plans.

Sep 23 - Many new  documents have been added to these applications. Council planners have provided this useful Summary of the changes Beechcroft are proposing. CADRA is reviewing the changes.

Following an exhibition at Caversham Park late last year by the developers Beechcroft, the revised plans for the site are now available on applications 220409 and 220410 (this second application is required for Listed Buildings but the details are the same).

Of the 120 new documents, a good start is the Heritage Statement. It outlines the basis for the changes, gives an excellent account of the history and significance of the site and includes a large collection of period photos.

To give an understanding of the proposals, the links below are for documents we hope will help, and which we will add to. Some are very large and may be slow to appear, whilst they download from the Council's website.

Colour Site Plan

Scheme Comparision

Land to West Tenure Plan

Main House GIA for CIL Plans

CADRA 2023 Autumn Open Meeting Monday 6 November

13 September 2023

The CADRA Autumn Open Meeting takes place on: Monday 6 November 2023 at 7.30pm  in the Caversham Baptist Church, Prospect Street. As the Council prepares to launch its consultation on their Draft Transport Strategy 2040, we are delighted to welcome Chris Maddocks, Strategic Transport Manager for Reading Borough Council and Robert Williams, CEO of Reading Buses to talk on the subject: Reading Transport Strategy 2040 – Issues for North Reading

It's also a good chance to find out more about CADRA and take up membership. Everyone is welcome.

Reading Bridge Listed as Locally Important

7 September 2023

CADRA and the Conservation Area Advisory Committee  jointly applied for Reading Bridge to have a Local Listing, so we are pleased hear that this has been accepted, and in time for its centenary on the 3 October 2023. The bridge has  been added to Reading Borough Council’s list of Locally-Important Buildings and Structures. The CADRA team produced a small Booklet telling the story of the bridge to mark its centenary.

Reading Festival August 2023

14 August 2023

Festival Republic have provide Information about the dates, times and contact details during the festival, which may be of help.

CADRA Stall - St Peters Church Fete 2023

18 July 2023

Thames Valley Flood Scheme June 23 Update

26 June 2023

The Environment Agency has issued their June 2023 Update for the scheme and a paper on Natural Flood Management.

CADRA 2023 AGM & Open Meeting Tuesday 23 May

21 May 2023

The CADRA AGM takes place on: Tuesday 23 May 2023 at 7.30pm in the New Testament Church of God, Church Street, Caversham.

Following the brief formal business, we are delighted that David Cliffe - Chair of The History of Reading Society and Berkshire Local History Association will talk about Reading's Fords, Ferries and Bridges. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of Reading Bridge. 

David has been central to local history for many years and has an extensive collection of old photos. He is the author of many books, including “Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas” (2017).

It's also a good chance to find out more about CADRA and take up membership. Everyone is welcome.