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Thank you for sharing your thoughts at Tuesday’s meeting!

On Tuesday evening around 150 people came to discuss future plans for the Community Plan for Holloway.  It was a fantastic turnout. The gathering at Williamson Street Community Centre discussed how to maximise the influence local people have on what happens to the former Holloway Prison site. The meeting began with Will McMahon of Community… Continue reading Thank you for sharing your thoughts at Tuesday’s meeting!

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Viability assessment guidance review ‘a move in the right direction’

Marj Mayo of Islington Homes for All welcomed the news that the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors will review its guidance on how viability assessments are carried out for new developments, the Islington Tribune reports. The new guidance will prevent developers from overbidding for land then shirking their affordable housing obligations on the ground that… Continue reading Viability assessment guidance review ‘a move in the right direction’

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Council’s planning victory over developer to be enshrined in national guidance

The Royal 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.… Continue reading Council’s planning victory over developer to be enshrined in national guidance

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Activist speaks about Holloway campaign at event on housing crisis

Andy Bain, who is involved in the Community Plan for Holloway, wrote a letter in the Islington Tribune about a talk he gave earlier in October in which he covered the campaign around the Holloway prison site. In the letter Andy points out that the announcement of the preferred bidder is now 11 months overdue… Continue reading Activist speaks about Holloway campaign at event on housing crisis

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Calls for London Mayor to build council housing on Holloway site

Islington Homes for All have launched a petition calling for London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to negotiate with the Ministry of Justice to keep the Holloway site in public ownership and to use the Affordable Homes Fund to build council houses there, alongside facilities for the local community, particularly women. The petition reads: Last November London's… Continue reading Calls for London Mayor to build council housing on Holloway site