St Paul's cathedral has been the centre of many decisions regarding planning issues throughout the capital, especially over recent years. With development applications taking longer and being subject to greater restraints there have been many obstacles for planners to overcome and several new landmark developments, such as Arab Investments "Pinnacle Tower" and British Land's "Cheesegrater", have been delayed due to sighting corridor issues to protect the views of one of London's historic buildings.
But despite the occasional mention, the cathedral itself has seen little attention, until recently. It has been reported that the £40 million restoration target has now been raised, and finally on its 300th anniversary the landmark can begin to be restored to all its former glory.
The money was raised solely through donations and the works are expected to complete in 2010.
It's nice to see that even when money is tight, people are still keen to maintain the attractiveness of the London skyline.