Brighton and Hove is set to join Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids as a world heritage site.

Key figures and conservation groups are looking at ways to bring a large section of the city under the protection of Unesco status.

The Argus understands the city’s application, which has already been backed by former UK ambassador to Unesco Tim Craddock, will cover the seaside and regency architecture from Arundel Road, Brighton to Hove Lawns.

If successful, Brighton will become only one of only 29 specially protected sites in the country.

Roger Amerena, committee member of the Regency Society, which is heading the bid, said: “It’s an extremely exciting opportunity which can take the city to another level.

“It will create a massive boost in tourism numbers and promotes the city’s reputation across the world.

“This will strike alight the imagination of the city. It involves everyone from newborn babies to elderly people in retirement homes.”

The Unesco status is designed to reflect the world’s cultural and natural heritage, which is of outstanding value to humanity.

The proposed area in Brighton and Hove would include Kemp Town, the Pavilion Gardens, St Peter’s Church, Montpelier and Clifton Hill and Regency Square.

Any bid will be led by the city’s conservation groups and have the support of Brighton and Hove City Council.