News

Peabody to buy Holloway prison site

The Ministry of Justice has sold the Holloway Prison site in North London to housing association Peabody, the Islington Gazette reports.

1,000 new homes are planned for the site, and 60 per cent will be genuinely affordable, meaning they will be available at social rent, for shared ownership, or the Mayor of London's living rent. Over 400 of the homes will be for social rent. A women's centre and public green space will also be...

8 March 2019
News

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
News

Landmark ruling in Islington: What does it mean?

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.

The announcement comes in response to an open letter by Diarmaid...

7 November 2018
Comment

Racism and the criminalisation of housing need

It was great to take part in the seminar at the CCJS on 27 September about the connections between housing policy, austerity and criminalisation and how gentrification and regeneration have led to...

By 
Glyn Robbins
20 October 2017
Publication

Rough sleeping: enforcement and austerity

This briefing assesses local enforcement strategies related to rough sleepers, highlighting the choices being made between coercion and provision to meet needs
By 
Roger Grimshaw and Matt Ford
27 September 2017
Comment

No justice without housing justice

Whilst we need as much genuinely affordable housing as possible on the former Holloway Prison site, the Ministry of Justice can help ease the housing crisis immediately by releasing the empty...

By 
Diarmaid Ward
13 June 2017
Comment

How did the council house sell-off change crime risks?

One of the most well-known policies that the newly elected Conservative Government of 1979 embarked upon was the selling of the council homes to their tenants.

The ‘right to buy’, as it...

By 
Stephen Farrall
25 September 2015