Committee Decisions

36 COM 7B.92

Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and Saint Margaret’s Church (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island) (C 426 bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add,

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.115, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the protection of the visual integrity of the property and in respect to major developments in the area;

4.   Notes the results of the December 2011 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property and encourages the State Party to implement its recommendations, in particular:

a)  Further define the immediate and wider setting of the property in relation to its Outstanding Universal Value and embed these in the policies of all the relevant planning authorities,

b)  Define specific measures, based on the definition of the immediate and the wider setting of the property, and ensure that adequate mechanisms are in place to  protect the property and minimize its vulnerability to potential threats to its Outstanding Universal Value;

5.   Requests the State Party, in accordance to Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, the proposed development project at Elizabeth House and any other major proposals, before any irreversible commitment is made;

6.   Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.