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Liverpool faces fight to keep UNESCO World Heritage status

Words: Huw Morris
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Liverpool may struggle to retain its UNESCO World Heritage status if it presses ahead with waterfront regeneration, according to the city’s heritage steering group chief.

Mark Kitts said Liverpool’s need for economic growth and regeneration could be “incompatible” with UNESCO’s rules.

Liverpool has been on UNESCO’s ‘at risk’ locations since 2012. Peel’s Liverpool Waters plans and Everton FC’s proposed stadium at Bramley Moore Dock could mean the city “may not get there” in retaining its heritage status. However Liverpool will “always be a continually evolving city”, said Kitts.

“There is to a degree an incompatibility between the UNESCO rule book and the protection and management of Liverpool World Heritage Site, versus the need to deliver economic growth, regeneration, social inclusion, and inclusive growth, which is very, very important,” he added.

Kitts admitted that if Everton submits a planning application for the stadium, the risk of losing world heritage status will “grow a little more”.

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