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UNESCO puts Edinburgh’s world heritage status under scrutiny

Words: Roger Milne
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United Nations culture agency UNESCO has launched a probe into Edinburgh’s world heritage site, which could see the Scottish capital lose its coveted status after more than two decades.

The world heritage body has requested a full dossier on the impact of new developments amid suggestions that classic views of the city are being eroded.

UNESCO has acted after an official report called for a “serious investigation” into recent land use decisions affecting the city’s Old and New Towns.

The UK and Scottish Governments have been asked about the handling of the world heritage site following a warning from advisers that the “potentially negative impacts of cumulative new developments is becoming increasingly apparent”.

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