Liverpool sets out plan to retain world heritage status
Liverpool has set out a plan to retain its World Heritage status - as new figures show almost £3bn has been invested to upgrade the city’s historic site over the past decade.
LIVERPOOL’S WHS PLANS:
- Produce a Management Plan for the World Heritage Site. Completed and approved by LCC Cabinet in May 2017.
- Provide regulatory Planning documents to protect the WHS Property – the Liverpool Waters Neighbourhood Masterplans, the WHS management Plan are completed. Liverpool’s Local Plan set to be adopted this Autumn.
- To produce a new WHS Supplementary Planning Document. In progress
- Develop a skyline policy for tall buildings as proposed in the city’s Local Plan. This work is in progress.
- Provide clear urban design guidelines as proposed in the city’s Local Plan. In progress. A public realm strategy has been commissioned in 2019
- Implement the Ten Streets Spatial Regeneration Framework. Completed and adopted by Cabinet in February 2018.
- Future management of the WHS Property potentially through the creation of a new Trust. A review of the options for managing the WHS will be undertaken later in 2020.
- Develop and implement a WHS Interpretation and Communication Strategy building on the first WHS ‘Hub’ at RIBA North Centre, including use of the City’s Digital Model. In progress – a WHS website was launched in April 2019.
“This draft plan shows very clearly how much Liverpool has listened to UNESCO’s concerns around our north docks and the lengths we have gone to use their guidelines to help shape their future.“Liverpool’s maritime heritage is a fundamental part of our city and a great source of pride. That’s why almost a phenomenal three billion pounds has been invested by the public and private sector to improve our World Heritage Site. The truth is it’s never been in a better condition and is a world away from when we got the status in 2004.“The issue of deletion is about a very small section of one element of the site. It just so happens these docks have been neglected for the past 50 years and lie within one of the poorest wards in the UK.“This draft DSOCR report shows in great detail how much work has gone in to balancing the needs to grow this dilapidated part of the city whilst protecting our World Heritage Status – and I think we’ve now found a way forward which marries them together.“This has been a delicate task and has involved all the major city stakeholders working together to understand very specific planning issues and creating solutions that work for the city and UNESCO. I thank everyone for their hard work and trust UNESCO will see how far the outline plans in 2013 which clearly worried them have evolved and changed to today.”
“Liverpool Waters will breathe new life into an area of the city’s redundant docks previously without public access with huge benefits for the wider city region through the creation of thousands of new jobs, homes, world class tourism and leisure facilities as well as new business and investment opportunities.“The development has a huge amount to offer and will help to secure the best future for the city, ultimately impacting positively on both the economy and people who live, work and play here.”