Community plan for Holloway prison

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Reference: 
2017/4345
Question By: 
Siân Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The community plan for the Holloway prison site has received more than 900 submissions in response to a recent consultation. Property agents GVA Bilfinger, acting on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, have stepped up their advertising for the Holloway prison site. Have you investigated purchasing this land? If so, what is the GLA's current position on this? 

Answer

Answer for Community plan for Holloway prison

Answer for Community plan for Holloway prison

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My team has investigated how I can best ensure as much affordable housing as possible is delivered on this site.   They have therefore been working with Islington Council to prepare a site specific draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The draft SPD sets a clear expectation that at least 50% affordable housing should be delivered on site. This aligns with the "fast track" route for public land set out in my Supplementary Planning Guidance on Affordable Housing and Viability.

I have further offered to assist the Ministry of Justice with their marketing and selection so that there can be as much certainty as possible of selecting a bidder committed to early and appropriate delivery.