Is it too late for compromise between Peel and Unesco over Liverpools World Heritage Site?
Today I've reported how Liverpool was warned by Unesco it is preparing to strip the city of its World Heritage Site status unless radical changes are made to the £5.5bn skyscraper scheme.
It is precisely the news that was feared by many, you can read it HERE.
To say the city council is now between a rock and a hard place is an understatement.
It has on the one side Peel Holdings promising to create thousands of jobs and regeneration on a huge scale. Who can blame the council for wanting to encourage the development?
Some will say that it is also the council's job to protect the city's heritage, and of course it is.
Sceptics doubt that the huge development planned by Peel will ever come to fruition, such is the scale of it.
But the council has to believe that there is a good chance it will go ahead, and if any company can pull it off, it is Peel.
The company has also previously made clear that it believes it has compromised enough already and reduced the number of skyscrapers.
So what does the council do? In an official statement it says it will continue having dialogue with Unesco, it hopes that some sort of compromise can be found.
But what compromise will satisfy both Peel and Unesco? It is hard to see one.
The inspectors will write their report by December 23, and Peel and the council are expecting a copy up to a month later.
At some point after that the plans will go to the city's planning committee. And in June Unesco's World Heritage Committee will decide Liverpool's fate.
It is inconceivable that either the council or Peel would allow the plans to go to the planning committee without a recommendation for approval from city council officials.
I can't imagine the planning committee turning the plans down either.
So let's assume that the scheme will get planning permission in their current form, if no changes are made.
The word compromise has been used more times than I care to remember during this debate, but sadly we are heading for a showdown.