Historic buildings and places are important for numerous reasons, some of those reasons are not always obvious, a statement of significance will identify what is important and to whom. Depending on the type of site, it may contain a description of individual features such as important areas of carved timber or masonry, it may also identify an association with a prominent person or event, or an important technological development. Significance can take many forms, for example, a building or site may be an important wildlife habitat, contain buried archaeology, be an important community landmark or be the sole survivor of a particular building type or form.
Conservation statements go a step further and include a description of how a building has developed, its condition, the risks it may be facing, how those risks can be managed and who will be responsible. It will also contain a broad set of policies for dealing with any conservation issues. This type of document is useful for helping with the management and maintenance of simple buildings that are unlikely to be subject to any major alteration.
A full conservation management plan will include all of the previous items but in much greater detail, it will also include details of how any changes are to be implemented and usually include proposals and specifications for major alteration or repair projects. This type of document is usually required for larger projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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