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
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… Continue reading TA site development update
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’
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!
The sale of the Holloway prison site faces yet another delay, the Islington Tribune reports. A buyer for the site now won't be in place until at least the new year. The news came when a Centre for Crime and Justice Studies staff member asked a question about the timetable for the sale at a… Continue reading Further delay to prison sale
It's two years ago since we launched the Community Plan for Holloway at an event close to the prison in November 2016. We're holding a public meeting on Tuesday, 20 November to reflect on how much has been achieved since then and how we can work together in the future to influence the site's development.… Continue reading Come celebrate our two year anniversary!
In a letter to the Islington Gazette, housing campaigner Glyn Robbins has demanded that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announces who is in line to buy Holloway prison, as the site still remains empty nearly two years after its closure. The letter reads: ''In summer we witnessed the debacle of prisons minister Rory Stewart telling… Continue reading ‘MoJ needs to tell us who is buying Holloway site’
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’
On Tuesday 23rd October Islington Homes for All campaigners held a demo outside the Mayor of London's People's Question Time taking place in Islington Assembly Hall to demand action around the Holloway prison site. The local activists repeated their calls for: maximum council housing to be built on the Holloway prison site Mayor of London Sadiq… Continue reading Local campaigners lobby London Mayor
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