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Waterfront is 'not under threat'
Liverpool
The waterfront is home to the "three graces"
Liverpool's historic waterfront appears unlikely to lose its World Heritage Site status.

Inspectors from the United Nations' cultural organisation Unesco spent three days in the city last week.

They were assessing the threat to the site's status from plans to develop the area around the "three graces" with futuristic buildings.

The city council said Unesco's report was positive and said the area was "considered not to be under threat".

The full report will be considered by the World Heritage Committee next year.

'Very positive'

Liverpool City Council welcomed the preliminary findings and said the comments would be "taken on board".

Councillor Warren Bradley, council leader, said: "Generally this a very positive report and we are encouraged by its mains findings.

"We recognise that these are preliminary views but we believe that along with our partners we have convinced the delegation that we are managing the World Heritage site well and are paying heed to its stipulations when considering new developments.

"However, they make recommendations on what we need to do to take forward the management of the site and we will be taking on board those comments."

The recommendations include making the views of interest groups public and providing better guidance to developers.

Proposed Mann Island development (picture courtesy of Countryside Properties)
Futuristic buildings are planned for Mann island site

The three graces consist of the Port of Liverpool, Cunard and Royal Liver buildings - the latter famous for its Liver birds.

A decision to build several wedge-shaped granite buildings at Mann Island, next to the three graces, was delayed by councillors on Tuesday.

A council spokesman said the committee would now hear the application on 7 November.

If the buildings got the go-ahead they would sit next to the controversial X-shaped Museum of Liverpool.

In July, Unesco's World Heritage Committee said it was "concerned" that new developments were overshadowing heritage sites.

The Taj Mahal, the Pyramids and the Tower of London are also world heritage sites.

The Tower is also in the spotlight as Unesco fears the 900-year-old building has become overshadowed by skyscrapers which are threatening its historical value.




SEE ALSO
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20 Apr 06 |  Merseyside
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28 Jan 05 |  Merseyside

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