Conservation Management Plans

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.

Conservation Experts

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.