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Sadiq Khan has rejected thousands of calls to bid for the empty Holloway Prison site – but said yesterday it would be an “outrage” if it ended up as vacant luxury housing.

The leader of Islington Council has written to Chancellor Philip Hammond urging the government to lift legislation which stops the town hall building more council homes.

Over 1,000 people have pressured mayor of London Sadiq Khan to bid for the Holloway Prison site.

An Arsenal fan who spent two years sleeping rough in Finsbury Park after fleeing civil war as a child soldier has found a home and a job – and is on the way to realising his dream.

Islington Council has finished building seven new council homes at “genuinely affordable” rent – but it’s just a drop in the ocean as it tries to overcome the housing crisis.

A disused boozer in Hornsey Road could be turned into flats if the owners get their way.

Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association still hasn’t responded to our requests for comment on the St Mary’s Path estate.

An expert surveyor says the only reason the St Mary’s Path Estate could be damp enough to need knocking down would be if a tidal wave had hit it.

The price of housing in Islington, measured by square metre, almost doubled between 2004 and 2016 according to new government figures.

People who have lived on an Islington estate their whole life have been told they may be forced out of their homes.

When it applied for permission to demolish the old Bernard Morgan House and build 104 luxury flats with a private cinema on the Golden Lane Estate, Taylor Wimpey argued that it couldn’t afford more than a £1.5million contribution towards “affordable” housing.

In recent months, two women have been sleeping on mattresses under the Stroud Green Road bridge. Loretta Thomas tells their stories – and finds out what barriers are stopping them accessing the help they need.

Campaigners who say a luxury housing block will ruin their historic estate are using their own homes directly opposite as a billboard to picket developers.

The volunteers who welcome refugees to Islington are appealing for landlords with empty properties to help them settle two more Syrian families.

The Holloway Prison site has been advertised as an “exceptional development opportunity” by the agents handling the sale – but no mention is made of affordable homes or community uses.

Some people consider “peak Islington” to be Upper Street’s generous range of artisan gluten-free bakeries. Others reckon it’s the Holloway homeowner who built a £2,500 cat glamping enclosure in her yard. But there was another contender on the steps of Islington Town Hall last night.

Islington’s sole competitive swimming club has started a last-ditch campaign to build a pool on the Holloway Prison site.

A Holloway tenant managed to get a reduction of her “absolutely shocking” rent at a tribunal.

Islington Council is publishing all fire risk assessments (FRAs) for its high-rise tower blocks.

An infuriated homeowner fears a harmful weed could damage the foundations of his house – after five years of complaints going “ignored”.

Islington Council last night admitted for the first time that Finsbury’s Spa Green Estate is in breach of fire safety rules.

Thomas Cooper, manager of the Spa Green Estate, says he has been complaining about fire safety breaches for seven years – with no action taken. After London Fire Brigade chiefs promised to issue a warning to the council, he speaks out to the Gazette.

Islington Council has today started consulting on its draft plan for the future of the Holloway Prison site.

Neighbours of Finsbury Leisure Centre fear their concerns over its flagship redevelopment project will be ignored.

A Cally leaseholder has accused a housing trust of negligence after a pipe burst in her block.

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