Plan for Holloway latest update

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.

For a full report on the proceedings, go to the Community Plan for Holloway campaign site. 

23 April 2019

Holloway prison update

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.

Islington Council and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government won a landmark case last year against the developer which was trying to override the council’s affordable housing requirements in residential...

25 January 2019

Holloway: if it ain't worth much, don't sell it

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has made another candid admission about the market for closed prison sites during questioning by the Justice Committee in mid-December. He said that 'in the best-case...

11 January 2019

Holloway sale faces further delay

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.

The prison closed over two years ago and the land has been sitting empty ever since, despite having the capacity to...

12 November 2018

Centre's analyst gives talk to planning students

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. 

Up to 40 people attended each event and asked interesting questions about the site. The next step for the students...

12 November 2018

Unlocking Holloway for the Community

This Community Plan for Holloway publication articulates the vision that local people in Islington have of the kind of development they would like to see on the former site of Holloway prison.

5 March 2018

Holloway prison: Community perspectives

This report outlines the findings of a three month long community engagement exercise which aimed to find out what local people in Islington would like to see on the former site of Holloway prison, which closed down in mid-2016. 

4 October 2017

After Holloway: Consultation with women affected by the criminal justice system

This new report, from Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, finds that the closure of the prison in 2016, caused significant distress and anxiety among prisoners and led to many women being imprisoned further away from home, hindering visits from family and children.

8 March 2018

New report launched: After Holloway

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...

8 March 2018

Welcome for Mayor's intervention in Holloway site sale

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....

10 November 2017

We call on London Mayor to bid for Holloway prison

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...

18 October 2017

Community Plan for Holloway open day a huge success

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....

2 October 2017