It looks like curtains to me for Liverpool Waters in its present form.
Slammed by English Heritage, attacked by CABE (and that says something).
Now Unesco tell the UK government that if this scheme goes ahead it will lose the OUV of the WHS and that will ultimatly lead to the loss of the WHS status.
Note that the decision is not directed to the Liverpool City Council but to what they call the State Party, or the UK government, via the DCMS.
There can be no doubt that the Spivs at Liverpool City Council both past and present will be sick about this, and the arrogant Peel Holdings will now jump up and down like spoilt brats because they cant get their own way.
The reality is that it is a horrid scheme that should never have got off the starting block.
The idea to recreate Shanghai in Liverpool is absurd.
I myself want to see the docks restored, it is not my fault that Peel Holdings choose to ship jobs down to Port Salford and then carbunculate the WHS.
Maybe this will make them now look to Amsterdam for a more humane sustainable development that works well around its historic waterways...............because if they don't.
118. Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (United Kingdom) (C 1150)
Decision: 35 COM 7B.118
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B.Add,
2. Expresses its extreme concern at the proposed development of Liverpool Waters in
terms of the potential impact of its dense, high and mid-rise buildings on the form and
design of the historic docks and thus on the Outstanding Universal Value of the
3. Notes that the independent Impact Assessment commissioned by English Heritage
clearly sets out the significantly damaging negative impact on the Outstanding
Universal Value of the property;
Decisions report WHC-11/35.COM/20, p. 150
4. Also notes that the proposed development is not in compliance with the property
Management Plan nor with the Liverpool Urban Development Plan;
5. Urges the State Party to ensure that these proposals are not approved, as failure to
do so could lead to consideration of loss of the Outstanding Universal Value of the
6. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive
monitoring mission, as soon as possible, to assess planning procedures and the
overall development strategies for the property;
7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February
2012, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and on the
implementation of the above, examination by the World Heritage Committee at its
36th session in 2012.
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