Islington lays down law for Holloway Prison developers

Council wants to see at least 50% affordable housing; warns that overpaying for the land will not be taken into account in negotiations

Islington Council has published its long-awaited planning brief for Holloway Prison, one of the biggest remaining development sites in north west London.

The Council wants to see at least half of homes built on the 10-acre plot classed as “affordable” and warns developers that “overpaying against the value of the land will not be taken into account” in planning negotiations.

The viability analysis, based on the “medium” scenario of 600 new homes, “demonstrates a minimum of 50% affordable housing is achievable without grant and taking into account the existing use value of the site this is considered to provide a reasonable incentive for the landowner”.

The last prisoners left last summer, following the MoJ’s decision to dispose of the site, and the prison has now officially been decommissioned.

Housing boss Cllr Diarmaid Ward told the Islington Gazette: “The bottom line is any scheme needs to be policy compliant, and our policy is 50 per cent affordable.”

Holloway was first opened in 1852 as a mixed gender facility before becoming the first female-only prison in the country in the early 1900s.

Estimates have previously put the value of the site at around £200m.

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First image: ‘Release of Mrs Leigh and Miss New – Holloway 22 Aug 1908 – arrest 30 Jun for breaking Mr Asquith’s windows’

Second Image: Holloway Prison by David Anstiss (CC-BY-SA-2.0)