Stop planning blight or lose Liverpool’s World Heritage Site status, says UNESCO; Colin Marrs; Architects Journal

UK – Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

UNESCO has threatened to strip Liverpool of its coveted World Heritage status by 2018 unless the government and city radically improve their supervision of the city’s historic waterfront

The cultural arm of the United Nations has called on the Department for Culture Media and Sport to ‘reverse course and stop the granting of planning permissions which have a negative impact on the outstanding universal value’ of the 136ha district.

The declaration comes a year after city mayor Joe Anderson rejected UNESCO’s proposal for a two-year moratorium on new development at the city’s World Heritage Site, saying it would stifle growth.

The city received World Heritage Site status in 2004, but for the last five years has been on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger amid a major waterfront redevelopment programme led by Peel Holdings.


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