Islington Council has taken its latest step to ensure the former Holloway Prison site delivers the genuinely affordable homes that local people need.
In a clear message to potential developers, the Labour-run Council has formerly adopted a planning document that sets out that at least 50% of new homes built on the site must be genuinely affordable – the majority of these would be new council homes or homes for council rent provided by a social landlord. There are also options for more affordable deals for private renters and shared ownership.
Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Executive Member for Housing and Development, said: “The Holloway Prison site is a massive opportunity to deliver much needed new genuinely affordable homes for local people. From day one, after the Ministry of Justice announced its plans to sell the site for development, we have made it completely clear that at least 50% of the homes on the site must be genuinely affordable, including homes for council rents.
“The planning policy we have now formally adopted will help us to ensure that any potential developers abide by the wishes of local people, who responded in their hundreds to the consultation on our proposals.”
The planning guidance also includes a requirement for other aspects that must be delivered on the site, including –
- A minimum of 50% genuinely affordable housing;
- A mix of housing types, including a significant proportion of family accommodation;
- Social infrastructure, such as a women’s centre providing vital rehabilitation and support functions to vulnerable women; and
- High quality, publicly accessible green space, including play space.
You can read the Supplementary Planning Document here, which must be considered by decision-makers when assessing any future applications for development on the Holloway Prison site.
Pictured - Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Executive Member for Housing & Development at Islington Council