Liverpool to Face off Against UNESCO over Development Ban

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Liverpool is on course to collide with UNESCO after Mayor Joe Anderson outright rejected their call to put a hold on new developments in the city centre.

The world heritage body recommended placing a two-year freeze on any new development in the city's World Heritage site and its "buffer zone", which effectively covers the city centre.

The organisation warned that failure to comply with the recommendation could result in Liverpool's waterfront losing its World Heritage status, which the city secured in 2004.

However, Mayor Joe Anderson refused to cooperate, citing that the heritage status cannot be allowed to stifle growth in the city.

According to the city council, UNESCO's recommendation, if enforced, would put hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and jobs at risk by sending out the message that Liverpool was closed for business.

Included within the schemes at risk if UNESCO's recommendation was implemented is the £60m student accommodation blocks planned for Skelhorne Street, Bolton Street and Bilbre Street, based near Lime Street station.

Other notable at risk schemes include the £80m residential skyscraper planned for Liverpool's Princes Dock, by the developer Moda Living.

Mayor Anderson suggested that it would become an issue if the city is trying to attract investment but is unable to approve planning applications for two years, which could stifle growth in the city.