CAR Heritage and Conservation Planning

Drawing on twenty years experience in heritage and conservation, CAR provides expert advice on listed buildings of all scales, ages and sizes. We work with a wide variety of clients including architects, private owners, institutions, and heritage bodies including The National Trust.

The principal format we use is the Conservation PlanThe Conservation Plan gives a concise overview of why a heritage building or environment is significant, analyses the threats to its significance, and sets out policies to protect what is special without inhibiting all change. The approach is strongly supported by Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Conservation Plans are generally prepared when listed buildings have to be altered. The Conservation Plan becomes a briefing document for the design architects. The Conservation Plan approach can also be applied to groups of buildings, for example a university campus or conservation area.

An important function of a Conservation Plan is to establish a constructive dialogue with statutory authorities and other stakeholders, to minimise the risk of time-wasting and sometimes confrontational disputes over alterations to listed buildings. In smaller or simpler projects a Conservation Statement or Heritage Assessment may be appropriate, for example to support an application for Listed Building Consent. CAR Conservation’s reports are clearly written and logically organised, making them convenient and practical to use. Our tried-and-tested approach ensures that new projects can be tackled quickly and efficiently.

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