Liverpool looks set to remain on UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger list after a key meeting this week
A large area of the Merseyside city was granted World Heritage status in 2004, but eight years later it was placed on the in-danger register amid concerns of unsuitable development.
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee was expected to decide whether to strip Liverpool of its status at a meeting in Bahrain later this month.
But papers released ahead of that summit include a recommendation that the city remain on the in-danger list while more information is sought.
A ‘draft decision’ called for the council to adopt a moratorium on new buildings within a certain area until a range of planning documents had been reviewed and endorsed by the World Heritage Centre.
Conservationists welcomed the draft decision. SAVE director Henrietta Billings said: ‘It’s good news that Liverpool is set to retain its World Heritage Status.
‘No one wants to see this international badge of honour removed from such an important city. This recommendation is a positive signal from UNESCO – and gives everyone around the table the platform to find a heritage-led strategy for development in the World Heritage Site and one that will drive up tourism and boost the local economy.’
She added: ‘There is still a lot of work to do to get the site off the at-risk list, but it’s an exciting opportunity for Liverpool and Britain.’
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said the draft decision was ‘testament’ to the city’s efforts over the past 12 months.
‘As the huge crowds who enjoyed the Tall Ships Festival at the weekend will have noted, Liverpool’s maritime heritage is very much a fundamental part of our cultural scene and the city is very keen to use our World Heritage Status to shape our future tourism economy as well as our civic pride,’ he said.