The closure of HM Holloway Prison was announced in November 2015 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. The reasons given for its closure were that its design and physical condition did not provide the best environment for the rehabilitation of offenders and that “the size and poor design make it a very difficult establishment to run”.
Peabody purchased HM Prison Holloway from the Ministry of Justice in March 2019. Since this we have been working with our development partner, London Square, on our emerging development proposals, with discussion ongoing with both Islington Council and the GLA.
Image of the former Holloway Prison building. Photograph: Francis Ware
Islington Council produced the Holloway Prison Site Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in response to the prison closure. This document provides detailed guidance for the site and will be a material consideration for any planning application. Islington Council consulted local residents, individuals and organisations on the SPD in Spring 2017 and again between August 2019 and October 2019. It was adopted by Islington Council in January 2018.
The Holloway Prison Site Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is available on Islington Council’s website.
Informed by the key planning and development objectives outlined in the Holloway Prison Site SPD, the site’s unique opportunities and constraints, as well as initial feedback from the community, Peabody’s aspiration is to deliver the following:
• A range of high-quality new homes, including smaller 1 and 2 bedroom flats
and larger 3 and 4 bedroom family sized homes.
• A range of typologies, including flats and townhouses,
to bring variety and meet local housing need.
• A policy compliant provision of genuinely affordable housing as a minimum,
including homes at social rent level.
• Each home will have access to private amenity space,
such as a garden, balcony, or terrace.
• A new public park.
• A variety of high-quality play spaces.
• New pedestrian and cycle routes.
• Meanwhile uses to make the best use of the vacant site. This includes a
temporary homeless shelter in the former Visitors’ Centre open in
partnership with Islington and Camden Councils’ and local homelessness
charities. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has evolved the
homeless shelter has closed due to government guidance.
The shelter will reopen when the government guidance changes.
• Ground floor active uses along Parkhurst Road and Camden Road
to provide a vibrant street frontage.
• Specialist housing for older people.
We will shortly be consulting via this website on our emerging development proposals for the site. We look forward to hearing your views and to working together as our plans for the site evolve.
Announcing the news of Peabody’s purchase of the site from the MoJ
(l-r): James Murray, former Deputy Mayor, Housing and Residential Development;
Jeremy Corbyn MP; Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and Lord Kerslake, Peabody Chair)