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
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
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
Thanks to everyone who came to the Community and Architects Day at the Williamson Street Community Centre last Saturday. We had a brilliant turnout from the local community who spent the day in conversation and planning with Andy and Steve from Manalo and White architects. The day started with an open-ended discussion about what people… Continue reading Community and Architects Day
Contrary to what prisons minister Rory Stewart told the House of Commons Justice Committee last week, a buyer for the Holloway prison site will be announced this summer. Stewart had told MPs that a bidder would be in place by the end of the year, but the Ministry of Justice has now said an announcement… Continue reading Government confused about when it will announce bidder
At a Justice Committee meeting yesterday, Rory Stewart announced that a bidder will be in place for the Holloway site by the end of the year. Stewart said that the prison population was likely to increase and the Holloway site sale would provide funding for new prisons to cater to that demand. Deputy Director at… Continue reading Bidder in place by end of year
Islington Councillor Diarmaid Ward has warned that any potential buyer of the Holloway Prison site should not try to overbid for the land in the hope that they can negotiate down the amount of affordable housing they provide on it later on. Ward's comments came in an article written for the Centre for Crime and… Continue reading Developer must meet affordable housing requirements
Thanks to all who came to the Saturday's campaign planning meeting at the Hilldrop Community Centre. It was great to see so many people discussing, debating and contributing their ideas about how to carry the Community Plan forward. We captured your thoughts and ideas for the future of the site and you can read them… Continue reading Thanks for Saturday’s Planning Day!
Local Islington papers have been continuing to update the community on the progress of our plan, particularly in the run up to the local elections. The site has been discussed at both recent hustings. Housing remains a clear concern, in terms of quality, quantity and true affordability across the borough. The latest from The Tribune… Continue reading Community Plan in the news
After holding the 2 March meeting, Community Plan for Holloway incorporated the overwhelming responses and feedback as to what you want to see on the Holloway site. You can find this here. The next meeting will be on the morning of 19 May at Hilldrop Community Centre, N7 0JE. Look forward to seeing you all there!