Current Planning Applications

11 August 2022

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.

Website Address Scam Checker

1 August 2022

Neighbourhood Watch are recommending City Safe's website address (URL)  checker.

We also have Other Advice about Avoiding on Scams

Reading and Caversham Flood Scheme

20 July 2022

In December 2021 the Environment Agency published a newsletter saying that the Reading and Caversham Scheme to reduce the risk of flooding was no longer cost beneficial and therefore would not be progressed.

They have now published a report, on their Citizen Space Website, explaining the reasons for their decision, which provides more detailed information about their investigations.

Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week

19 July 2022

ASB Awareness Week runs from the 18-24 July. The week is organised by the not-for-profit Resolve, the U.K. specialist in delivering effective solutions to antisocial behaviour.

Along with many other Local Authorities, Reading Borough Council has joined a to take a stand against anti-social behaviour and make communities safer.

You can contact the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 01189 373787 or email You can also report an ASB using the Reportable app available for Apple and Android devices. 


The Little Book of Big Scams

13 July 2022

The 5th edition of the The Little Book of Big Scams has recently been published, by the Metropolitan Police and is worth looking at. Other organisations also have advice on Avoiding Scams.

Thames Valley Police CADRA 2022 AGM Presentation

17 June 2022

At the CADRA 20222 AGM Inspector Sarah Sanderson and her colleague PC Vince Moore gave an interesting talk. Here are her Presentation Sildes.


Caversham Park House & Garden Planning Application

9 June 2022

The detailed plans for the historic house and land at Caversham Park are on the Council website (220409). We have sent CADRA's Comments to the RBC. The application has many documents. We have summarised the proposal and provided links to some useful documents to read:

The house will be converted to 64 assisted living units for the over 55s. A 64 bed care home. 61 age-restricted retirement dwellings, including conversion of the existing Bursars House, The Lodge and 2 Caversham Park Drive. Plus 5 market dwellings and 28 affordable dwellings.

Refurbishment and extension of the existing pavilion to provide changing facilities, cafe studio and sports provision comprising 2 croquet lawns, 2 bowling greens and an additional tennis court. Refurbishment of the existing tennis court and associated parking and landscaping. 

Recommended documents:

Ground floor Plan

1st Floor Plan

Archaeology Assessment

Archaeology Maps

Heritage Part 1 (See 5.3.1 -pages 30/31)

Heritage Part 2

Design and Access Statement 3

Planning Statement incl pre-app advice

Views with Heritage Interest Report by the Reading Conservation Areas Advisory Committee refers to the house in section 8 on page 56.

Historic England's Assessment - As we said in our February Roundup, we were pleased to see that they expressed concern that there may be a significant impact on the historic environment. They noted “the considerable residential development [proposed] within the Grade II Registered Park and Garden, and the conversion of and development in the setting of a Grade II country house”. 

RBC Conservation and Urban Design Officer Report - This detailed report includes interesting historic images and recent interior photos. The officer advises the Council to refuse the appliction.

Council Covid-19 Update

1 June 2022

Council News Update - 1 June 

Information on pop-up Covid vaccine clinics, the Jubilee Celebrations and £150 Council Tax rebates.

Emmer Green History

20 May 2022

In 2011 this interesting leaflet about Emmer Green and its history was published by the Emmer Green Residents' Association (EGRA). Click on the individual pages to read about Emmer Green.




CADRA AGM & Open Meeting - Thank You

16 May 2022

Getting ready for the CADRA AGM. Thank you to the New Testament Church of God for hosting us - memories of the old Glendale Cinema. Thank you to all who came and the new members who joined.


CADRA 2022 AGM & Open Meeting Monday 16 May

14 May 2022

The CADRA AGM takes place on: Monday 16 May 2022 at 7.30pm in the New Testament Church of God, Church Street, Caversham.

Following the brief formal business, we are delighted that Inspector Sarah Sanderson will be talking about local policing, the team  she heads up, along with PC Vince Moore, the Neighbourhood Supervisor.

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

Neighbourhood Policing Teams - Keeping You Safe This Time of Year

11 May 2022

The Reading Priority Crime Team and Neighbourhood Policing Teams have useful advice on keeping you safe during the Spring months, focusing on Common scamming tools.


Local Events Websites

2 May 2022

These are local organisations that provide a list of some forthcoming events. It is by no means comprehensive, but they are local and have a genuine interest in the local cummunity.

The new What's On in Reading website replaces the existing Reading Arts and Venues.  The big difference is that groups other than RBC related are able to add their events to the programme (after some training).

Reading Borough Council - Things to do 

Choose Caversham - Events 

South Oxfordshire District Council - Events 


There are also other organsisations which we think mught be of interest to our members:

Concerts in Caversham regularly put on "high quality concerts brought to you by some of the most talented musicians in the country".

The Caversham Arts TrailĀ - 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd May

2 May 2022

The Caversham Arts Trail takes place on  two weekends in May this year: the 14th & 15th, and the 21st & 22nd.

Old Maps of Berkshire and Oxfordshire

28 April 2022

Oxfordshire County Council's  History Centre have some interesting County Maps of Oxfordshire and Berkshire between 1500 and 1900. Other online map services we think may be of interest.