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Conservation plan

- is a document which sets out what is significant and valuable in a place, and what action is required and appropriate to ensure that significance is retained. Two basic steps are therefore required -
  1. The establishment of cultural significance.

  2. The development of a conservation policy.
This is a process long used by good conservators, but has been only relatively recently been articulated by James Semple Kerr in "The Conservation Pla" : A Guide to the preparation of Conservation Plans for places of European Cultural Significance" 1990 (revised and updated 1996) , a document which evolved out of the Burra Charter. The Heritage Lottery Fund require their preparation where an application for grant seems particularly complex, or large in financial terms. A conservation plan will be particularly useful in these circumstances and should always be prepared before any work is put into the particular project. Conservation plans vary enormously in detail and presentation depending on the heritage asset, and can therefore be controversial because of the time and money that must sometimes be invested in their preparation. They are now starting to be requested by planning authorities to support difficult or sensitive applications for listed building consent.The best advice on preparation is contained in the Heritage Lottery Funds "Conservation Plans for Historic Places" (March 1998)