Permitted Development Rights - RBC make an Article 4 Direction

23 November 2021

As we reported in our Autumn Newsletter, new Permitted Development Rights allow conversion to residential units without planning permission, as well as a suite of new rights allowing upward extension or demolition and rebuild of residential and commercial buildings to provide new dwellings.

Studies have shown that many of the these conversions create poor living conditions, and there are widespread concerns.

On 10 November 2021, RBC made an Article 4 direction to remove certain permitted development rights for new dwellings across the town centre, district and local centres, core employment areas and a number of other commercial areas. It includes parts of Caversham.

This does not prevent development as planning permission may still be granted.

The Direction comes into force on 15 November 2022, unless modified by the Secretary of State. More details and information about the streets and houses it applies have been provided by the Council: Article 4 Direction.


Local Events Websites

14 November 2021

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 Climate for Electric Cars Video of CADRA Autumn Talk

14 November 2021

The Climate for Electric Cars Video

If you missed our highly successful  2021 Autumn talk or just want to see it again, you can watch it now on YouTube by clicking on the title above.

We hope the talk will help decide whether, when and how to change to an electric car? What are the benefits and challenges for you and for the energy industry? Is an electric vehicle really greener? And how does this fit in to all the national issues on energy supply?

Phil Coker, from the University of Reading Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group, is examining the variability of renewable energy supplies and the challenges in moving towards a low carbon energy system. This includes demand response, energy storage, vehicle-to-grid and hydrogen applications. Anthony Simpson works in Renewable Energy and Sustainability including the grid integration of electric vehicles.

Monthly Roundup

12 November 2021

CADRA sends an email monthly to all members, keeping them up to date with the main issues covered at our latest monthly committee meeting and other news.

When you open an older roundup some links may fail or not be as expected. Unfortunately, we can't correct them because they have either been removed or changed by the website page owners.


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Archived Monthly Roundups

Current Planning Applications

12 November 2021

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.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams - Keeping You Safe This Time of Year

9 November 2021

The Reading Priority Crime Team and Neighbourhood Policing Teams have useful advice on keeping you safe during the Autumn and Winter months.

Please click on the links below for advice:
Door-to-Door and Courier Fraud

Banking Payment, Card, investment and Pension Fraud

Healthwatch Reading - November Newsletter

1 November 2021

Healthwatch Reading, produce regular helpful and interesting information on local health issues.

The latest November Newsletter includes: Covid booster information,  the new Government plan on GP access  and also a request to those who have had hospital care in the past 18 months or are still waiting to be seen, to complete their survey.

Council Covid-19 Update

29 October 2021

Council News Update - 28 October

CADRA stall at Eco Festival 2021

29 October 2021


North Reading Neighbourhood Policing Team - Have Your Say Meeting

28 October 2021

Here are the details the North Reading Neighbourhood Policing Team's forthcoming Have Your Say Meetings:

 12:00PM - 1:00PM, Sat 30 October 2021 -  St Martin's Precinct, Caversham

 3:00PM - 4:00PM, Fri 12 November 2021 -  Outside The Hill Primary School, Peppard Road

12:00PM - 1:00PM, Saturday 27 November 2021 - Outside The Co-op, Southview Avenue

More information is available here:

North Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum Annual Report

Mapledurham/Thames Ward Police Area

Peppard/Caversham Ward Police Area

Community Safety Survey 2021

28 October 2021

The Council are conducting a survey: asking residents for their views about crime and disorder, and other local issues, to help identify priorities across Reading.  Below is a link to the survey, which closes on Friday 3 December. This is your opportunity to help identify the priorities for crime and safety across the Borough. It is open to any resident living in the Borough so please encourage friends, neighbours and relatives to do the same.

Latest Newsletter

13 October 2021

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 2021

National Old People’s Day Friday 1 October

22 September 2021

Friday 1 October is Old People's Day, with a number of events  in the Broad Street Mall, between 10am and 3pm.

Rediscover Reading Libraries

21 September 2021

Rediscover Reading Libraries by browsing their latest books, using their computers for study and research, or order a specific book from the team of helpful librarians. 

All seven Reading Library branches are open for people to drop in and browse.