Liverpool was designated a world heritage site in 2004, as a Maritime Mercantile City. Six sectors of the city were classified, including the Stanley Dock area which occupies half the site involved in the Liverpool Waters project. The project has had to be reviewed, particularly with respect to the height of the planned buildings, under threat of losing the world heritage classification not only of this site but all the others as well. The World Heritage Committee has offered advice, and stresses the long-term benefits of respecting the rules for classification. The final decision should be taken in July.
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