Your Views

Welcome to Community Plan for Holloway’s guide to looking at, and sharing your thoughts about, the Draft Master Plan for the Holloway Prison Site.

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This guide exists to support you submitting thoughts to the consultation, with pointers on what to look out for and questions that you might want to ask.

Key Points To Remember:

  • The consultation period on the Draft Master Plan is open for three weeks, with a possible extension to four weeks, starting June 12th. So you have until 3rd July to submit your thoughts.
  • This is a huge site -the largest housing development in Islington for 30 years- with the potential to provide once in a lifetime amenities to our community including social housing, green space, a Women’s Building and much more.
  • This consultation is our chance to have our say. Peabody, the developer of the site, won’t know what the community wants unless we tell them!

We are holding a public meeting online via Zoom on Tuesday June 16th at 6:30pm to talk about this in more detail.

Please email if you wish to attend this, in order to talk through the Draft Master Plan, hear other peoples’ thoughts or get more support to submit your response.

Remember to let us know what you have said by emailing so we can make sure we are accurately representing the community’s views.

If you want to get more engaged with the site and our Community Plan for Holloway campaign, you can email to be added to our existing working groups –

  • Social Housing Tenants
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Cohousing
  • Women’s Building
  • Architecture & Planning

or set up a working group of your own on another topic.

What is the Draft Master Plan?

The Draft Master Plan is the first draft from Peabody, the developer, of the site’s design. It focuses on the overall design of the site, proposing things like building height and size; density of homes; access roads; where community facilities will be located and their size; the location of parks and other open space; and the set-up of roads and streets.

Peabody’s consultation is an online exhibition. They will take you through key aspects of the Draft Master Plan, followed by a questionnaire to fill out your thoughts. There is also a free space, where you can ask anything you like, even if it is not included in this first draft. Additionally community members can request a phone call with the design team to talk about anything they want to discuss.

You will also see their proposed timeline for the project.

What should I be looking out for?

Responses will vary depending on who we are. Neighbours, hope-to-be future residents, a potential worker, community member wanting more amenities or visitor wanting to share new public spaces may all have interests in different things.

At this is only the Draft master Plan stage, the design is not fixed, so it’s important we comment on things we don’t like or questions we have.  Everyone is invited to respond and the purpose of the consultation is to consider local views, ideas and knowledge in their thinking.

12 Questions to Consider:

Community Plan for Holloway’s  Architecture and Planning working group have put together some questions which relate to key characteristics that are getting locked in at this stage of site design:

  •   Proposed height, size and density of the buildings: How will it feel to be amongst these buildings?  How will it feel to live in this development, or nearby, in terms of space and density for residents? (Perhaps compare the number of floors with other tall residential buildings that you know).
  •   Comfort:  Can comfortable indoor spaces be designed in the building size proposed? Will they have good light, ventilation and avoid overheating? Will the houses have sufficient space to provide good houses to those who need them in Islington?
  •   Sunlight and shade: Do the buildings allow good daylight and sunlight in outdoor spaces?
  •   Overlooking and Views: Will I be overlooked by neighbours and what will the views be like?
  •   Streets:  Are they wide enough to give good light and sun?  Is there space for greenery, people, bikes and vehicles? Will the space be dominated by vehicles? Are the access points appropriate and accessible?
  •   Connections:  Are there good pedestrian and cycle connections to all surrounding roads and estates? Does the layout strike the right balance of safe space for people and bikes with space for vehicles?
  •   Greenery:  Are enough quiet green spaces provided?  Is this enough for all the residents and visitors? (Resident numbers could be around 2,300-2,750 with Peabody’s current number of units (1,000 – 1,050).
  •   Play:  Is enough play space provided for different age groups? Is it in a good location?
  •   Noise and air quality. How will residents be protected from traffic impacts? Will it be quiet enough?
  •   The Women’s Building and community facilities: Are these in a good location?  Can the internal space be designed to house high quality, needed facilities for women and the wider community? Will the building be an iconic testament to the site’s history?
  •   Environmental strategy.  Is there a good plan for low carbon construction and operations?

To see the Draft Master Plan head here:

Then to submit your response: 

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A bit of context from earlier on in the campaign

Between April and September 2017 we ran an online and paper survey asking for people’s views. With the help of local people and community groups we distributed survey leaflets to around 8,000 homes near to the Holloway site.  We attended local events, spoke at public meetings and organised street stalls giving out around 20,000 survey leaflets.

Working with the charity, Women in Prison, we have also consulted with women in the criminal justice system through discussion groups and paper surveys.

By mid September 2017, more than 930 individuals and organisations shared their views with us about the future of the Holloway site.

You can read what people told us in the vision document we produced in 2018.