Many of you will know that the Holloway Women’s Prison has been closed and the women sent out of London to prisons elsewhere. The Ministry of Justice want to sell the site. Probably to a developer for luxury flats. This IS Islington after all. There is a huge campaign going on locally for the site (which is really ours anyway as our taxes have paid for it over the decades) to be given to the community to build genuinely affordable housing PLUS a Women’s Building. Campaigners in Reclaim Holloway and Centre for Crime and Justice studies want to recognise the history of all the suffering on the site (suffragettes were imprisoned there) and to offer services to ex-prisoners and vulnerable women with a Women’s Building. Rooms of our Own has offered our model. This is the most recent communication from CCJ
HOLLOWAY SALE NEWS
The Ministry of Justice has announced it is planning to put the former Holloway prison site up for sale this autumn.
In a letter to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Justice Secretary David Lidington writes that ‘we will be seeking expressions of interest for the site from interested parties ahead of formal marketing which we expect to take place in the autumn’. Mr Lidington also indicated that ‘redevelopment for a residential-led scheme is the most likely option’.
Reporting the move, Property Week describes the sale (subscription) of the 10 acre site as ‘controversial’ and claims GVA Bilfinger, the company hired by the Ministry to assist with the sale, believes the development opportunity is likely to be one of the most significant in the London market this year.
The Community Plan for Holloway survey has now had almost 600 responses, many indicating they do not want to see the Ministry of Justice selling the land to the highest bidder because of fears this will lead to the development of unaffordable luxury flats. There is a clear preference in survey responses received so far for a development that meets community needs.