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Tower of London and Westminster avoid World Heritage 'risk list'...

The Tower of London and Westminster will not be put on the World Heritage Committee's 'danger list', Unesco has said.

At its 31st session, held in Christchurch, New Zealand, the committee decided not to place the iconic buildings on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and instead requested a further report next year.

The listing of both sites had been proposed following concerns over the impact of new developments in the vicinity of the heritage zones. In response, Unesco sent a mission to London with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to access the situation.

In a statement, the UK government said that since the ICOMOS visit it had 'worked closely with the World Heritage Centre and key stakeholders at both sites to provide assurances to Unesco on the overall state of conservation and protection of the sites and the delivery of strong management plans for the preservation of their outstanding universal value'.

Culture Minister David Lammy said: 'We will continue to look closely at ways to further strengthen protections for our World Heritage Sites and their settings, building on proposals set out earlier this year in Heritage Protection for the 21st Century, and will be reporting our progress to the World Heritage Committee next year'.

by Max Thompson

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