Community Plan for Holloway is working in coalition with local people and community groups to create and promote a positive vision for the former prison site.

We are involved in four key activities

1. Understanding the needs of local residents:
We have collated a data analysis about the needs of people in the borough. The report, Islington: A local needs analysis provides a starting point for conversations about how the Holloway prison site could be developed to respond to local need.

2. Community engagement:
We’ve been out and about meeting individuals and organisations based in Islington to hear about their hopes for the Holloway prison site. We are running an online survey, circulating leaflets and information and hosting public events.

Throughout summer 2017 we will be working hard to encourage as many people as possible to respond to the survey. The responses we receive will create the framework for a community plan. We will then bring this back to the people of Islington to discuss in more detail in autumn 2017.

We are organising meetings and attending local events. Matt Ford is co-ordinating our outreach work, so drop him an email if you can help. We are also drawing up an information pack for local groups and organisations to host discussion workshops.

If you are involved in a local group and would like to host a meeting to discuss the future of the Holloway site, then please get in touch.

Please help us by….

  1. Distributing small postcards (download here or email Matt Ford with and we can arrange delivery to you)
  2. Displaying a poster (download)
  3. Telling your friends, neighbours, family and colleagues about Community Plan for Holloway

We are working hard to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard in this process. This includes the most marginalised and excluded people in the borough. We are also working with the charity, Women in Prison, to seek the views of women with experience of the criminal justice system and imprisonment.

3. Developing a vision:
Based on the responses submitted from online surveys, public meetings and through ongoing dialogue with the community, we will publish a community plan. The community plan will contain a vision for the Holloway prison site. This will include a series of recommendations and principles for the site. It will not be a full architectural plan.

4. Engaging decision makers:
We will be working to promote your views with key decision makers and elected officials. Our goal is to highlight ensure the community’s voices are heard and build support for the emerging vision. This will include Islington Council, MPs, The Mayor’s Office, The Greater London Assembly – and many more.

Why is this necessary?

Planning and development is often dominated by private developers. If nobody offers an alternative vision, it seems likely the land will be sold to developers for expensive, private housing.

We want to make sure local voices are heard. Community planning is a way of working together to ensure the needs of everyone in the community are being met. This is an opportunity to think and act creatively to influence the future of your neighbourhood.

Who are we working with?

We are establishing a coalition with active local community groups, faith groups, trade unions, political parties and many more to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.

We aim to work with local partners to spread the word, host local consultation meetings and gather ideas and support for an alternative vision for the Holloway site.

Who is managing A Community Plan for Holloway?

A Community Plan for Holloway is organised by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, an independent charity based in London. We don’t take money from big business, or from government. We also don’t represent or promote the views of any one political party or interest.

In our work, we make the case for a shift from this country’s over-reliance on criminal justice institutions like the police and prisons, and an investment in those public services that improve everyone’s lives – like health, education, housing, welfare, local government. We want to offer a positive alternative vision of what can exist in the footprint of closed prison sites.

This project is funded by Trust for London, a charitable funder working to reduce poverty and inequality in London.

To speak to a member of the team…

You can email either Rebecca Roberts or Will McMahon or Matt Ford.

If you prefer to give us a call, then contact the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies’ offices on 020 7840 6110.