Plans for a swanky new skyscraper in the City – which will be almost three times the height of Big Ben – have just been approved. Owners of the buildings around the proposed site had objected that the skyscraper could block out light, but the developers have managed to get around that minor detail by getting the City of London to invest in the project. The move means that the rights of the neighbouring property owners will be sidelined because the land has been acquired by a local authority. Sneaky.
The same legislation was used to push through construction of the 160-metre Walkie Talkie building, although at 278 metres high, the new skyscraper will tower over it and all other skyscrapers in the City. But the Shard (which is 310 metres high) will hold onto its reigning title as London's tallest building.