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Prison protesters say site shouldn’t become luxury flats

Ministry of Justice want to maximise profit by building more than 1,000 homes on Holloway jail land

27 October, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Protesters make their point with the use of a Wendy house at the prison

CAMPAIGNERS gathered at Holloway Prison on Saturday to call for the site to be put to use for the community, not luxury flats.

The building is currently being advertised for sale by the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) agents, GVA Bilfinger. The MOJ want maximum profit from the site and are pushing for more than 1,000 flats, with no mention of community facilities or a women’s building, as proposed in Islington Council’s draft planning guidance.

Part of the protest over Holloway Prison’s future took place to music

Speaking at the event, organised by Islington Kill the Housing Act, Islington’s housing chief Diarmaid Ward said: “This council has got three priorities: social housing, social housing and social housing. Our planning policies are very, very clear, and set out in the Supplemen­tary Planning Document which is out for consultation. And that is 50 per cent of any development of 10 units or more must be affordable housing.

Campaigners spell out their message

“Our definitions of affordable housing is, firstly, the majority of it must be social housing, old-school council housing of target rents. There should also be some kind of intermediate product, shared ownership, London Living Rent – something for people who will never get on our council housing list but at the same time simply can’t afford to live in this borough, where they have family links and where they work.”

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