1,000 home plan for Holloway prison site comes under fire
- Credit: Archant
Plans to build 1,000 homes on the site of the former women’s prison in Holloway have been called "not fit for purpose" by a pressure group.
Having bought the land for 81.5million in 2019, Peabody has applied for planning permission to transform it. Islington Council’s planning committee is set to decide the fate of proposals in the coming weeks.
Community Plan for Holloway, a coalition of local community groups formed to decide what is best for the project, has come up with 15 specific reasons why they want the multi-million-pound project to be rejected.
A statement, released this week, added: “Our objections are numerous. In many instances [the proposals are] in direct contravention of the local plan, the London Plan and national planning policy.
“On this basis, the application should be rejected in full and the applicant required to submit an improved proposal.
“Approval of this application, in whole or in part, does not deliver the advertised benefits to the borough. It comes at great cost to the area and residents surrounding the former Holloway Prison.”
Community Plan for Holloway’s objections include the proposed height, density and design, the "lack" of community facilities, the impact on "community service provision", and the "reduced" sunlight and daylight in nearby properties.
- 1 Screen on the Green: Dive into 1940s America this weekend
- 2 Former Met cop faces trial with seven others over alleged bribery plot
- 3 Covid patient numbers levelling out after Christmas rise, data suggests
- 4 'Graffiti vandal' linked with £500k worth of damage caught in Highbury
- 5 Islington: Cycle track could be back if funding found
- 6 Incinerator protest group WhatsApp infiltrated by waste authority member
- 7 How mental health services are changing in north London
- 8 Aldi chocolate and yoghurts containing metal among recent recalled products
- 9 ‘The people of Edmonton will stop this incinerator’ - Protestors promise more action if plan is signed off
- 10 Replacement Finsbury Park leisure centre a step closer
The statement added: “The plans, as submitted, would fail to create a new neighbourhood that comprised good quality homes and amenities, with the lowest possible environmental impact, and a fitting legacy for this site of historical significance.”
Holloway was Europe’s largest women’s prison and had space for 591 prisoners – who have included Ruth Ellis, Myra Hindley, and Rose West.
The council’s planning committee is set to discuss the plans at a meeting on January 25. The final decision will be made by the Greater London Authority.
If planning permission is approved, work could begin at the end of 2022.
Peabody has been approached for comment.
The developer has previously said between 49 and 269 permanent jobs will be created. As part of the “planning gain” agreement it would offer 51 apprenticeships.