Liverpools World Heritage Site is to be under the microscope in Paris on 19th June 2011.
We are advisors to Unesco and have kept them more than informed with the progress of the proposals for the Liverpool Waters planning application.
We have received notification from Patricia Alberth of Unesco stating that,
We are pleased to confirm that the state of conservation of the World Heritage
property "Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City" (UK) will be on the agenda of
the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee (Paris, 19-29 June 2011).
Subject: State of conservation of the World Heritage property "Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City" (UK)
English Heritage have raised considerable objections to Liverpool Waters
I have posted their executive summary online, as it seems the council or Peel Holdings have no intention of doing so, it is so damning. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2011/05/liverpool-waters-english-heritage.html
CABE also slam the proposals http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2011/05/cabe-slam-liverpool-waters.html
We first advised Unesco in 2005 when the idea for a Fourth Grace(sic) was muted.
Liverpool had to entertain a Unesco monitering mission from Unesco at our request in http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/1180 October 2006 just before the proposals for the Mann Island Development, now built and known locally as the Three Black Coffins were discussed by the Planning Committee. http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2006/03/14/capcult_regen_mann_island_feature.shtml This is what I had to say at the time.
Unesco were far from happy with Liverpool
http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b010r7by/ This is a recent Radio 4 interview I did for the Beyond Westminster discussing the corrupted planning process in Liverpool. Mann Island is 12 minutes into the piece about planning legislation.
Mann Island went to a casting vote by Lady Doreen Jones your typical planning committee chairperson anachronism and cronie.
Liverpool was let off the hook Unesco sated that despite loss of some KEY VIEWS the Overall Universal Value (OUV) was not directly affected. http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/nominations/1150.pdf Monitering mission report.
The proof is there for all to see and the DCMS had to give explanations to Unesco for the mess.
Unesco had 18% of its budget paid by the UK government and its permanent delegation was in disarray with a further mission to the Tower of London and threats to Bath and Edinburgh also under the spotlight.
Numerous directives were given to Liverpool the most important being the need to produce a supplementary Planning Document outlining its commitment to World Heritage Principles.
Now English Heritage who did not object to the recent decimation of Liverpools Pier Head and its waterfront say that if plans for Liverpool Waters went ahead it would harm the OUV of Liverpools World Heritage Site.
Watch This Space.
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