The private developer that owns the Territorial Army site next to Holloway prison is now stating they can offer only 30 per cent of their development for affordable housing, reports the Islington Tribune. This is despite the 50 per cent minimum set by Islington Council.
Community Plan for Holloway
Our Research Analyst Matt Ford talks about the admission by Prisons Minister Rory Stewart about how much prison sites are really worth on the open market
On Tuesday, we held the two-year anniversary event for the Community Plan for Holloway. The meeting brought together 150 people from the local community to discuss the victories so far and future plans.
The speakers were:
The sale of the Holloway prison site faces yet another delay, the Islington Tribune reports. A buyer for the site now won’t be in place until at least the new year.
The news came when a Centre for Crime and Justice Studies staff member asked a question about the timetable for the sale at a Ministry of Justice event last week.
On Monday and Wednesday our Research Analyst, Matt Ford, was at the Hilldrop Community Centre in Islington giving talks about our Community Plan for Holloway project to University College London (UCL) students on the Urban Design and City Planning Masters course.The days were organised by Omar Sherif, one of the planners we have been working closely with as part of the project. He has coordinated a unit on the Holloway site at UCL.
The Institute of Chartered Surveyors will soon be addressing affordable housing requirements in their national guidance, reports the Islington Gazette. This comes after a recent landmark High Court judgement ruling that developers can’t overpay for land and subsequently refuse to abide by local authority planning policies on affordable housing on the grounds of profit loss.
Contrary to what prisons minister Rory Stewart told the House of Commons Justice Committee last week, a buyer for the Holloway prison site will be announced over the summer, the Camden New Journal reports.
As part of our Community Plan for Holloway project we have been working in partnership with local people and organisations in Islington to put forward a positive vision for the former prison site. Islington Homes for All have launched a petition calling for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to negotiate with the Ministry of Justice to keep the Holloway site in public ownership and to use the Affordable Homes Fund to build council houses there, alongside facilities for the local community, particuarly women.
Will McMahon, the Centre's Deputy Director, spoke at the Islington Voluntary Sector Conference 2018 yesterday.
The theme of the conference, run by Voluntary Action Islington, was 'The Power of People, Partnerships and Participation'.
Will spoke about the Community Plan for Holloway, which is a coalition of local organisations, trade unions, churches, campaign groups and political parties, working together to transform the Holloway prison site into an opportunity for affordable homes, facilities and services for Islington.
At a Justice Committee meeting on Tuesday, Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced that a bidder will be in place for the Holloway site by the end of the year.
Stewart said that the prison population was likely to increase and the Holloway site sale would provide funding for new prisons to cater to that demand.
Deputy Director at the Centre, Will McMahon responded to the announcement: