Final consent for 'London's second tallest skyscraper'

Reports that a final planning consent has been issued for what would be "London's second tallest skyscraper" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Daily Mail reports that the City of London Corporation has granted final consent for the 1 Undershaft tower. The paper says the building would "stand at 1,000ft tall, and once built will be beaten only by The Shard, which is just 17ft taller". The scheme was granted planning consent in November 2016. The latest application related to amendments to the originally approved scheme.

"Solar farms could soon play a vital role in the energy system 24 hours a day, after a breakthrough trial proved they can even help balance the grid at night," The Guardian reports. The paper says that "National Grid used a solar farm in East Sussex to help smooth overnight voltage fluctuations for the first time earlier this month, proving solar farms don’t need sunshine to help keep the lights on". The breakthrough "could mean that UK solar farms will soon help stabilise the energy grid at night, which could save £400m on grid upgrades or building new power plants," the paper adds.

The Guardian also reports that the "concentration of climate-heating greenhouse gases has hit a record high, according to a report from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization". The paper says that "the jumps in the key gases measured in 2018 were all above the average for the last decade, showing action on the climate emergency to date is having no effect in the atmosphere".

TSB "plans to close 86 branches, cutting up to 400 jobs over the course of next year," The Guardian reports. The paper says the bank "aims to save £100m by 2022 from the cuts, which would reduce its high-street branch network to 454, it announced on Monday".

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