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While in comparison to its Asian and American counterparts London is still a relatively low rise city, there is a surge of high rise development going on around the capital. The launch of the Shard earlier this year is only the beginning as London is to see its "decade of towers" according to Stephen Miles-Brown, director of property consultant Knight Frank.
As prices for land in the city continue to rise at a frightening speed and the availability of space decreases, it seems the only way is up in London and there is a discrete competition going on for the best views.
A Planning application to build a skyscraper featuring 355 new flats in Finsbury Park, North London, has been approved by Islington council.
Two 21-storey towers will be constructed overlooking Finsbury Park station and will also feature restaurants, cafes and office space.
Just 21% of the new flats will be affordable housing, significantly below London Mayor Boris Johnson's 50% target.