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UNESCO: Liverpool at risk of losing World Heritage Status

Liverpool could lose its World Heritage Site status if Peel’s controversial £5.5billion waterfront plans continue, according to local press reports

The Daily Post claimed that Unesco inspectors visiting Liverpool last week left with ‘100 per cent’ clear guidance to recommend the city is stripped of its World Heritage Status unless there are major changes to the huge Chapman Taylor-designed Liverpool Waters skyscraper scheme.

The inspectors, led by urban planning specialist Ron van Oers, were in the city for three days to investigate the potential impact of the development, which is Britain’s largest planning application. 

It is understood the inspectors will issue a recommendation to the World Heritage Committee that Liverpool be put on the list of World Heritage in Danger, before reporting an official recommendation on Liverpool’s status in late December. 

If no changes are made, it is claimed, to the waterfront scheme Liverpool would lose its status which was only granted in 2004.

The report from Unesco is expected to be released to the local authority before Liverpool City Council’s decision on whether to grant the high-rise, waterside scheme planning permission, likely to be in the New Year (2012).

The scheme by Peel Holdings is part of regeneration plans for the city’s northern docklands area and has previously come in for criticism from the international heritage watchdog, CABE and English Heritage.

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