Come to our public meeting on Friday 2nd March to discuss the future of the Holloway prison site, where we'll be joined by local MP Jeremy Corbyn. We'll be at St George's Church on Crayford Road in Tufnell park between 7pm and 8.30pm. Over 900 people and organisations responded to the Community Plan for Holloway… Continue reading Join us to discuss future of Holloway prison site with Jeremy Corbyn MP
On Friday, 5 January, Andy Bain of Community Plan for Holloway appeared on BBC London News calling for genuinely affordable housing to be built on the Holloway prison site to meet the needs of young people in Islington. The interview was part of a report about the adoption of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for… Continue reading Community Plan for Holloway appears on BBC News
On Thursday, 4 January Islington Council adopted planning guidance which sets out the priorities for any future development on the Holloway prison site. The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was informed by what the council described as the biggest consultation response to a planning document of this kind they have ever had. The council expects any… Continue reading Council adopts planning guidance
'More than 500 people have backed the council's demand that half of the homes on the Holloway Prison site should be "genuinely affordable"', reports the Islington Gazette. A record number of people responded to Islington Council's draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The Gazette reports Two out of three people said they agreed with the council’s… Continue reading Community backs calls for affordable homes & services at Holloway prison
Holloway Prison Stories and Reclaim Holloway have released a short film making the case for a women's building to be part of any future development of the former Holloway prison site. The film features interviews with women affected by the criminal justice system and women who provided support to those in Holloway. https://youtu.be/TmfCTp7NNq0 Our latest… Continue reading A women’s building for Holloway?
In a written parliamentary question, Richard Burgon (the Shadow Lord Chancellor & Shadow Secretary of State for Justice) asked David Lidington (the Secretary of State for Justice); "what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the successful tender for the purchase of the land at the at the… Continue reading Are the DCLG involved in sale of Holloway prison?
The Islington Tribune reports that 'families have been ripped apart by the closure of Holloway prison while charities which support incarcerated women are struggling to cope with a loss of funding' Speaking to The Tribune, Dr Kate Paradine of Women in Prison describes the lack of planning by government and the loss of funding for… Continue reading Families devastated by closure of prison
Responding to a parliamentary question on whether the Ministry of Justice has taken steps to ensure Holloway prison will not be landbanked, Sam Gyimah, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice), responded that his department are currently reviewing bids and an announcement is expected in Spring 2018. Gyimah said; "As part of the evaluation, the Ministry of… Continue reading Buyer of Holloway due to be announced in Spring 2018
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has responded to our letter urging him to consider purchasing the Holloway prison site. The Mayor's letter highlights the importance of the Council's planning guidance - the 'Supplementary Planning Document' (SPD). In his letter, he writes; 'My officers at the GLA have been in regular contact with both the Ministry of… Continue reading Sadiq Khan responds to Plan for Holloway letter
On Saturday 25 November, Axe the Housing Act and Defend Council Housing are hosting a National Housing Summit in London. Matt Ford from our Community Plan for Holloway team, will be there, speaking at a workshop on local action. For full details, visit the Facebook event page.