On Saturday 30th March around 60 local people gathered at St George’s Church in Tufnell Park for an emergency meeting to discuss the announcement that Peabody housing association had bought the Holloway prison site and would be developing it in partnership with private property developer London Square.
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.
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
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.
Claire Cain finds that the closure of HMP Holloway caused significant distress for women, and how many are being imprisoned far from home, hindering visits from family and children.
After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system has been published by Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. The report comprises of a consultation with 50 women affected by the criminal justice system, many of whom were imprisoned in HMP Holloway, and asks whether and how the closure has had an impact and ideas for what they would like to now see developed on the site.
We have today welcomed the intervention by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the planned sale of the former Holloway prison site. News of his intervention came via the Mayor's twitter account this afternoon, after he posted a letter he sent to the Justice Secretary, David Lidington.
We have written to London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, urging him to consider purchasing the Holloway prison site in Islington N7.
The ten acre site is currently being marketed for sale by GVA Bilfinger on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and the deadline for bids is 15 November.
The letter, signed by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Islington Hands Off Our Public Services, Islington Axe the Housing Act, Islington Trades Union Council, St George & All Saints Church, Reclaim Holloway, Women in Prison, and Unite Union Housing Workers Branch, says:
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Community Plan for Holloway open day at St George’s Church, Crayford Road on Saturday 30 September.
More than 150 people stopped by to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site and share ideas for how the land should be developed.
Local MP, Jeremy Corbyn, joined us for a couple of hours and spoke of the huge potential to create affordable housing at the Holloway site.