You've got to remember though that London is one of the most powerful cities in the world. It's developers will be used to spending hundreds of millions, even billions and will have access to world-class architects and the cleverest lawyers in captivity.Plans are altered all the time for various reasons. Our (Spurs') initial stadium plan in 2008 was withdrawn after heritage protests and the plans were altered. London skyscrapers are built with heritage concerns in mind already (especially with regard to St Paul's), and it's hardly unheard of for buildings to be reduced in scale because of this kind of thing.
Various threats were made from UNESCO and continue to be made. They haven't followed through but they haven't with Liverpool either and nor have Everton's plans been "stopped", so let's see how all this develops. If UNESCO follows through on its threat to Liverpool or if Everton's stadium is cancelled then it'll be different from London. As it is, it feels fairly similar at this stage. A few threats and a bit of a stand off but with the likelihood of approval in the end.
What I do find funny is people just assuming plans went through in London "without a murmur". It's up to Liverpool how it deals with UNESCO and its WHS, but some people are undermining their own arguments with fake news. And I say that as someone who supports this stadium development.
I often think that some of the arguments put forward for tall buildings in the City of London sound a little precious. We hear how the slope on a building has been designed to protect an important view corridor or how a six storey block has been added to a fifty storey tower to 'respect the scale' of the surrounding buildings. I remember one developer submitting a plan for a huge rectangular office tower built right on top of the graceful curved roof of the newly opened Waterloo International Terminal - the architect pointed out the 'witty dialogue' between the two buildings.
We just can't get away with that sort of thing in Liverpool. Bramley Moore Dock is not even in the World Heritage Site but UNESCO don't accept a relaxing of restrictions in the 'buffer zone'.
It would be good for UNESCO or one of our heritage bodies to give some evidence of the value of WHS to Liverpool. As Jane pointed out, where were these heritage bodies when a zip-wire was being proposed for the roof of the Central Library?
I'm not saying that losing WHS would be a good thing for Liverpool because I think that losing the title would excite far more media attention than winning it ever did.