The Conversation Area Audit is a way for a community to assess the condition of a conservation area. It is your “first steps” to managing the change in your conservation area and has been designed in a way that anyone can use it without requireing a "consultant" to support the delivery.


The audit provides a simple framework to gain a snapshot of the key issues affecting your conservation area at a point in time, which can then be used to support you in developing an action plan to address those issues.


The audit provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the issues potentially impacting on the conservation area in a methodical manner. The audit will help you identify where the conservation area needs to change or improve its condition.


The audit is simple and consists of 20 questions which cover the common issues in a conservation area, as identified by Civic Voice members in a survey in 2016. When you answer the questions, you are then required to fill in a simple form to help interpret the results. Civic Voice can support you at this point.

To download the Civic Conservation Audit please select:

1. Civic Conservation Audit Guidance Notes

2. Civic Conservation Audit Template

3. Conservation Area Audit_Assessment Sheet

4. Conservation Area Assessment Action Plan Template

This audit is used to identify the issues impacting conservation areas, to support community action to help manage the area. It is not a character appraisal but a management audit so that we can help prevent further deterioration of conservation areas. We recognise that the best form of management is taking positive action and that local authorities often do not have the time or capacity to manage them. This audit is to help the community think about what “we can do” to make change happen.

Where a conservation area is at risk, you may see several issues highlighted as challenges to address. But even if your conservation area is not classed as at risk, this audit is still useful as it will help you to identify the early “yellow flags” or warning signs about what could become an issue, so that you can address it through early intervention and do something about it before it does become an issue.