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Ministry of Justice refuse local housing for homeless

The Ministry of Justice has refused to lease a block of 29 flats behind Pentonville Prison to Islington Council to use as emergency accommodation for homeless families, reports the Islington Gazette. The flats used to house prison officers but most have been empty for the last 27 years. Islington Council has 14,000 households on its… Continue reading Ministry of Justice refuse local housing for homeless

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Finsbury Park resident: ‘Turn visitor centre into homeless shelter’

A letter by Finsbury Park resident Jenny Kassman repeating calls to use the visitor centre at closed Holloway prison as a homeless shelter has appeared in the Evening Standard. She said Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn and local homelessness charities have been pushing for the centre to be turned over to shelter homeless people since the… Continue reading Finsbury Park resident: ‘Turn visitor centre into homeless shelter’

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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