The long-running debate over plans around Birmingham’s historic Central Fire Station appears to be coming to a successful conclusion. And it would be easy to carp about the delays in coming to a decision, and the proposals which were rejected only to be modified, bought back to the table and rejected yet again.
But painful as it may have been, developers have come up with a scheme which seems to satisfy everyone - and avoids the excesses of the original proposal.
Plans for a 30-storey tower have been replaced by something far more in keeping with the surrounding area.
It’s an example, dare we say, of the system actually working.
And just as councillors sitting on the local authority’s Conservation and Heritage Panel have played their part, so the developers have also listened and made changes to their designs.
Redeveloping the old fire station is a challenging project and the end result could be very exciting for the city.
There’s nothing wrong with taking things slowly, if that’s what it takes to get the project right.