A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is an important document which helps owners, managers and approval authorities understand the heritage values of a place in detail and how those values can be best conserved in the future management of the place. It is a tool which helps manage change in an organised and well thought out manner.
The content and structure of a CMP may vary depending on the place and the relevant issues related to the property. But in general, it requires the following inclusions:
- Describes a detailed investigation of the history of the site and the existing and previous configurations of the built fabric;
- Explains why the place is significant including a comparison against the criteria established by the NSW Heritage Office;
- Discusses the constraints and opportunities of the site; and
- Develops policies and recommendations to guide the management and conservation in the real world context. Policies can cover changes, future uses, development, management and maintenance.
In short a CMP is an important tool in caring for heritage items. It is a guide for future care and use of the place including any future re-development.
Conservation Management Plan vs Conservation Management Strategy
Another document which can be sometimes requested is a Conservation Management Strategy (CMS), which is a briefer version of a CMP.
A CMS is normally used for:
- A locally listed item;
- To support proposals with no major changes; or
- As an interim solution while a complete CMP is prepared.
If you after either a Conservation Management Plan or a Conservation Management Strategy, Arcade can help.
Our reports will help support your application for development, request site specific exemptions or build a framework for future management.
Get in touch with the Team at Arcade so we can discuss how we can help you.