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Half of prison site homes must be ‘genuinely affordable’

Town Hall draws up planning guidance for 10-acre Camden Road site

12 January, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

The Holloway Prison site

THE Town Hall is to demand at least half of the housing built on the Holloway Prison site is “genuinely affordable”.

It has drawn up planning guidance for the Camden Road site which also includes a requirement to provide a centre that supports vulnerable women, a significant proportion of family-sized homes and a high-quality green space and play area.

These demands must now be taken into account when any future planning applications for the 10-acre site are considered.

Labour housing chief Diarmaid Ward said: “Holloway Prison once used to house brave women fighting for equal rights and social justice. Today, our community is facing a different fight, but an important one – the right of every person to a safe, secure home.”

He added: “The council’s planning guidance for Holloway is the result of substantial technical evidence, robust planning and extensive consultation. The Holloway Prison site is publicly owned, and has a huge capacity to help tackle one of the most pressing issues facing our residents – the right to a secure, affordable home.”

It is hoped up to 900 new homes will be built on the site of the prison which closed in 2016.

Cllr Ward said: “London’s housing crisis has been beyond critical for far too long, and there is a desperate need for genuinely affordable housing to help people in very difficult circumstances.”

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