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Fears over world heritage status
Sketch of one of the new developments planned for Liverpool
Liverpool was granted World Heritage status in 2004
Culture bosses in Liverpool remain confident of the city's World Heritage status ahead of inspections of controversial new developments.

Officials in charge of the accolade are in the city to view a number of sites.

But if the do not like what they see, the city could be placed on the "in danger" list.

Among the plans thought to be causing concern are a 65 million X-shaped museum and a 120 million granite-clad residential project at Mann Island.

Inspectors are set to visit these sites - and others - during a three-day tour of the city and their subsequent report on the developments will be considered by the World Heritage Committee next July.

Although Liverpool shares its prestigious status with historic sites such as the Taj Mahal and the Egyptian pyramids, City Council Leader Warren Bradley believes the modern developments are dynamic which is a merit in itself.

Balancing act

He said: "You cannot compare World Heritage status for a bustling, growing city like Liverpool with monuments like Stonehenge or the Taj Mahal.

"To thrive, Liverpool has had to move forward, we have to compete alongside other great European cities and create a dynamic, prosperous and exciting place to live and work."

Councillor Berni Turner, executive member for the environment, added: "There will always have to be a balance between preserving architectural heritage and new development.

"We are getting the balance right and we can demonstrate that the management plan we have agreed for the World Heritage Site will preserve its unique architectural flavour while allowing other developments of the right quality to go ahead."

Liverpool was named as a World Heritage site in 2004 by a committee of Unesco - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Its status is based on its role as a maritime mercantile city at a time of Britain's greatest global influence.

The area covered by the status includes the waterfront and docks, the commercial district of warehouses and merchants' houses around Duke Street, and the cultural quarter around William Brown Street.

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