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RBC Council to debate the air quality levels in Caversham found to be above the legal limit

19 June 2018

Following the results of the air quality tests in March, carried out by Caversham Globe in conjunction with CADRA, the following motion, moved by Councillor Grashoff, will be debated at the full RBC Council meeting on the 26th Jun (See full agenda):

"The Council notes with concern that in March 2018 Caversham Globe carried out professionally analysed Nitrogen Dioxide tests over a 2 week period on busy roads and junctions in Caversham and found that the results were well above the European Union's legal average annual limit of 40 micrograms per cubic metre"

The results of the March tests are at: Air Quality

If the motion is passed, the Council will install two diffusion tubes on the worst affected junctions North of the river, by the Prince of Wales Pub & the Griffin Pub, to collect annual data.

RBC Planning Applications Committee meeting agenda and papers for Wed. 27th Jun

19 June 2018

These are links to the agenda and papers for the Wed. 27th. Jun planning applications meeting. 

Historic cast iron lamp columns in Reading to be refurbished

19 June 2018

More than 200 cast historic iron lamp columns in Reading will be refurbished and retained following a recent survey of historic lamp posts across the borough. RBC Council News

Cow Lane two-way traffic to be re-introduced on Mon. 2nd July, after weekend closure

19 June 2018

Cow Lane will be closed to all road users over the weekend of June 30th, after which two-way traffic-light controlled flow under the bridge is re-introduced, on Monday 2nd July. The traffic-lights will stay until early next year, when all the work is expected to be complete. RBC Council News

St Peters Conservation Area Community-led Draft Appraisal

13 June 2018

The latest Draft Appraisal - July 2018 is now available. The November 2017 draft appraisal has been amended following detailed discussion with officers at RBC, who provided assistance in producing the maps. A Foreword from Councillor Tony Page has also been added.

The latest draft appraisal will be presented at the RBC Strategic Environment Planning and Transport Committee on 2 July 2018. A period of statutory consultation on behalf of RBC will be launched at St Peters Church Fete on Saturday 14th July. It is hoped that the new Appraisal will have been adopted by the Council by the end of 2018.

Here is a map of the St Peter's Conservation Area

Our website has more information and the background to the appraisal.

Current Planning Applications

13 June 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.

RBC Traffic Management Sub-Committee webcast and agenda for Wed. 13th June

13 June 2018

The agenda  and webcast for the Reading Borough Council's Traffic Management Sub-Committee meeting on Wed. 13th June.

Priory Avenue Surgery to close on the 30th June

23 May 2018

Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have announced that the Priory Avenue GP surgery in Caversham will close on the 30th June, with 6,000 people having to join a new surgery. The bulk of the people will be assigned to Balmore Park and Emmer Green. Meetings have been arranged by the CCG to explain and listen to people’s concerns. Patients who want to express a preference as to what surgery they would like to move to, must do so by the 8th June. For more information see the CCG announcement or the Healthwatch Reading news item.

Gladman inquiry opened and deferred to August

5 May 2018

Appeal of Proposal for 245 homes off Peppard Road

The Gladman Inquiry opened Tuesday 1 May and heard evidence on landscape, transport and from interested parties including CADRA, who strongly objected to the development (Our statement). Paul Matthews did an excellent job as professional transport witness and prepared a very detailed statement .

The remainder of the inquiry was deferred until August 29th.  This is because a statement of South Oxfordshire Council's (SODC) housing land supply for 5.4 years was only available shortly before the inquiry. A significant part of Gladman's case was the absence of a 5.4 year land supply, which SODC can now demonstrate.

All remaining planning issues are therefore postponed. We expect that there will be a further opportunity for interested parties to register to speak when the inquiry reconvenes. In the meantime further financial contributions to the CAGE appeal would be very helpful. CAGE are the lead public campaign group and more information can be found at the CAGE facebook and CAGE website pages.


The SODC Statement of Case submitted before their latest 5.4 year housing plan.

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

These are the details of the Gladman planning application submitted to SODC: P16/S3630/O

Although South Oxfordshire District Council had 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, then Gladman submitted an appeal.

CADRA 2018 AGM with chairman's report

17 April 2018

The CADRA AGM took place on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 7.30pm in Thameside School Hall. Following the brief formal business, the speaker was 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

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.

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."