Conservation Management Plans

The Conservation Management Plan is a comprehensive document used as a guide to control future changes to heritage buildings and places. At its centre, is the statement of cultural significance which is derived from a thorough physical, historical and comparative analysis of the place. It is the statement of cultural significance that guides the formulation of conservation policies in perpetuity. The Conservation Management Plan (CMP) makes use of comparative analysis in order to survey the regional extent and number of similar buildings and places so that the relative rarity of such places can be collectively measured. Rarity underpins the evaluation of a heritage place. If there are many other similar places, it cannot be rare. However, if there are only very few, its rarity factor will lead to policies calling for greater protection and more restricted changes. Attached to most CMPs is a schedule of works calling for specific repairs and conservation works and in other cases long term maintenance schedules too.


The CMP is a fundamental document for all state listed buildings. It forms the basis of controlling future changes to important heritage buildings and places. But it also acts as a useful guide for owners and managers in terms of regular maintenance and appropriate decision making in relation to the fabric of such places. Heritage 21 has undertaken more than 50 Conservation Management Plans since starting its consultancy in 1994 and is therefore well placed to assist you with all your heritage documentation needs.



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