Liverpool Could Lose UNESCO World Heritage Status

New and planned developments are risking the integrity of Liverpool's historic waterfront, according to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

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July 4, 2021, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


The historic waterfront of Liverpool looms above the water.

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"Liverpool is set to lose its World Heritage status, according to a UNESCO report citing detrimental waterfront developments 'eroding the integrity' of the site," reports Alice Finney.

The report amounts to a draft decision to delete Liverpool from the list of World Heritge sites, explains Finney. "UNESCO, which maintains the prestigious list of sites of significant historical and cultural interest, will make a final decision next month."

The developments threatening the status of Liverpool's waterfront include the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters development, among other developments, including plans for a new football stadium in Bramley-Moore Dock.

It's not the first time UNESCO has considered the idea of removing Liverpool from the list of World Heritage sites. A similar threat in 2017 prompted Historic England to create a "Desired State of Conservation Report," which includes the suggestion to implement a "skyline policy" for tall buildings.

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