Liverpool council has bowed to pressure from UNESCO and banned skyscrapers from its city centre to save its world heritage status.
UNESCO awarded world heritage status to the city in 2004, but the organisation put the city on an “in danger” list in response to a proposed £5.5 billion regeneration plan on Liverpool’s historic waterfront.
Members of the Liverpool council last week voted in favour of a plan to ban buildings that overshadow the famous Liverpool waterfront, the Three Graces buildings on the Mersey.
Liverpool’s council, together with preservation body Historic England, drafted the Desired State of Conservation Report outlining corrective measures the council proposed to protect the value of the site which the city hopes will persuade UNESCO to remove the site from the in-danger list.
The council endorsed the Desired State of Conservation Report, reinstating height restrictions under a “skyline policy” that the city abandoned12 years ago.
The proposed £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development will not progress in its current form.