In an article for The Guardian, Rebecca Roberts has written about our Community Plan for Holloway project and the battle emerging at the Holloway prison site.
The gloves are off in what is likely to be an historic fight for the future of a ten acre plot of land on the site of the former Holloway prison.
Community Plan for Holloway, funded by Trust for London, has received more than 900 survey responses showing that local people and organisations want to see affordable housing and community services at the former prison site. We are working to ensure the voices and needs of the local community are prioritised.
This is a local issue with national significance. With social housing moving up the political agenda and now a key priority for both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, we may be at an important tipping point. Holloway prison could be a touchstone development for how public land can be redeveloped for public good. The Ministry of Justice could, and should, hang up its gloves and act in the public interest. The battle is not yet won, but the people of Islington might be in with a fighting chance.
To find out more about this project, visit the Community Plan for Holloway website here.