Plans for new Liverpool cruise liner terminal could be submitted in the end of the year.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson described the terminal as key development for the city but would be threatened if the city complied with UNESCO request to suspend developments in the city centre.
A meeting of the world heritage body last week recommended placing a two-year moratorium on any new development in the city’s World Heritage site and “buffer zone” - effectively the city centre.
UNESCO warned that failure to comply with the recommendation could result in Liverpool’s waterfront losing its much-prized World Heritage status, which it secured in 2004.
But at a meeting of the city’s full council Mayor Anderson reiterated his refusal to go along with the request, repeating his view that the heritage status must not “stifle” growth in the city. Mayor Anderson said:
“By the end of the year we will have submitted planning application for a new cruise liner terminal, that will go ahead by the end of the year.
“If we were to comply with the UNESCO request we could not do that.”
The mayor also highlighted the plans for a new Liverpool to New York transatlantic route by Cunard. Earlier this year, Liverpool City Council identified the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade, near The Malmasion Hotel as its preferred location.
Mayor Anderson said the council is “in the process of drafting a response” to the UNESCO moratorium request. He said:
“The response will be along the lines that our city cannot and will not follow a recommendation that puts a halt on development across the city.
“It’s important that our city moves forward and meet requirements that are not laid down by UNESCO but by the people of our city in protecting buildings as best we can.”
He said the city had already added extra buildings to the register of those at risk and has a strong track record in protecting its heritage.