Site plan at from Holloway Prison Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Site plan at from Holloway Prison Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)


Holloway Prison

1 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0NU
Mixed use

Description of Holloway Prison

Holloway Prison is a planned mixed-use development in Islington, London N7.

The 10-acre site will comprise 60% of genuinely affordable housing, green spaces, places to play, local shops on Parkhurst Road and Camden Road and a Women’s Centre.

The latest proposals include:
- Ca 1,000 to 1,050 new homes, with 60% affordable housing;
- Women’s Building;
- New public park and play space.

Planning application will be submitted to the council in autumn 2020.

The Holloway Prison site is approximately 4.05 hectares in size and fronts onto the busy arterial route of Parkhurst Road and Camden Road.

The nearest underground station from the site is Caledonian Road Station on the Piccadilly Line, 10 minutes walk away.

The Ministry of Justice closed Holloway Prison in 2016 and sold it to developer Peabody in March 2019.

Holloway prison was opened in 1852 as a mixed gender facility before increasing demand for space resulted in it becoming the first female-only prison in the country in the early 1900s.

When the prison was constructed the area surrounding the site was still only partially developed. However, with the growth associated with industrialisation by the late 1800s the site was surrounded by new buildings – mainly long terraces of housing.

Whilst the original prison was an imposing Victorian structure (called the Castle) it was completely rebuilt between 1971 and 1985.

It was the first female prison in the country. The suffragettes were imprisoned on the site and the prison is symbolic in the history of women’s rights. It has been a site for political protest and campaigns focusing on legal, social and health rights of women over the last 100 years.

Expected final scheme exhibition – September 2020
Women’s building workshop – 3 December 2019

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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
Caledonian Road Underground Station
Hillmarton Road - 1 min. walking / 48 metres
253, 29, N253, N279, N29

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Public Consultation Online

The online consultation for Holloway Prison went live on Friday 12th June 2020.

The ‘Consultation’ section of the website at is where you are able to view and download the exhibition boards as well as share the thought on the proposals by filling in a feedback form.

The website includes a virtual site tour of the prison.


17/06/2020 08:58 by Buildington

Peabody has acquired the former Holloway Prison site from the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Justice was advised by Avison Young.

London Square will be working in partnership over the next few years with Peabody to deliver the long term project.

The 10-acre site provides a significant opportunity for high quality and inclusive new neighbourhood which will deliver 60% genuinely affordable housing, green spaces, places to play, local shops on Parkhurst Road and Camden Road and a Women’s Centre in line with the planning guidance issued by Islington Council in 2018.

Peabody is fully committed to an inclusive and wide-reaching community engagement programme as the design work progresses during 2019 and early 2020. Peabody with their architects, AHMM will work with a wide range of local resident and community groups to discuss how best to deliver an exceptional new place for Holloway. Ensuring this unique site provides the right type of homes, public spaces and community amenities for local people.

A dedicated website,, will host information about the project and a series of public exhibitions will be held on site to seek views and show how the plans are progressing.

Peabody hopes to commence building work by 2022 with the first affordable homes ready in 2026.

Peabody will be working with local homeless charities to provide a suitable meanwhile use in the former visitor’s centre on Camden Road.

Brendan Sarsfield, Chief Executive from Peabody, commented: "We are committed to working with LB Islington and the GLA to deliver an exceptional new housing scheme on this historic site. We are pleased to confirm we will deliver 60% level of genuinely-affordable homes integrating existing Islington communities with a new Peabody estate. As well as providing new homes we will also ensure social infrastructure and placemaking are at the heart of our proposals. We are pleased to be working with London Square which is a continuation of our long term relationship across a number of sites in London."

Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive from London Square, said:
"We are honoured to be working with Peabody and the GLA to deliver this important new scheme for the capital. We have a strong track record of delivering high quality, sustainable and mixed communities in London and are delighted to be part of this high-quality team."

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart, added: " The sale of Holloway will help drive forward our commitment to replace ageing prisons with modern, purpose-built establishments - I am determined to see this money reinvested to improve rehabilitation and ultimately reduce reoffending. “We have worked closely with the local authority and others to ensure the amount of affordable housing on the site meets local needs, and I am pleased we have achieved this aim while giving good value to taxpayers."

The head of Avison Young's Land and Development team, Tom Marshall, commented: “Despite Brexit uncertainties, London remains a global investment capital, and this 10-acre site was one of the largest and most high profile development opportunities offered in the London market in recent years. The partnership being announced today will deliver much needed affordable housing and social infrastructure to the local community”.

The sale of HMP Holloway is part of the Ministry of Justice’s Prison Estate Transformation Programme. This aims to modernise prisons across the country, improve rehabilitation while creating the best and safest environment for those working and serving time in prison.

11/03/2019 05:47 by Buildington

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is urging the government to ensure that valuable land at the Holloway Prison site is used to build genuinely affordable housing as quickly as possible.

Sadiq has called for affordable homes to be the priority, rather than the former prison being sold to an investor who could ‘land bank’ the site.

Holloway Prison, a 10-acre site in Islington capable of delivering about 1,000 new homes, is being marketed for sale by the Ministry of Justice, with a 15 November 2017 deadline for expressions of interest.

Sadiq is concerned about the government’s disposal process - with the site being offered to purchasers with no restrictions or constraints.

This increases the risk that it could end up being ‘land banked’ – a process which see sites lying idle and unused for years.

With London suffering a housing crisis, Sadiq is committed to ensuring all public land in the capital makes a significant contribution to affordable housing and is released quickly to build new homes.

He clearly set out his approach to the release of public land in the capital through his planning guidance that says those sites should include 50 per cent affordable housing to benefit from his new ‘fast track’ route to gaining planning permission. The Mayor has been working closely with Islington Council on its new planning document for the site, which sets out that the site can viably include 50 per cent affordable housing.

Sadiq has now written to the Justice Secretary, David Lidington, offering City Hall housing and land experts to work with the Ministry of Justice to secure the best deal on the site which can be reinvested in the government’s prison reform programme, whilst crucially also ensuring new homes are built at pace with a high level of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Holloway Prison is a major site capable of delivering a large number of new and affordable homes for Londoners. It’s absolutely crucial we do not run the risk of this prized asset being ‘land banked’ and left unused for decades.

“London desperately needs new and affordable homes right now. I am offering to work with the government – with help from my experienced Homes for Londoners team - to ensure this site not only achieves good value to be reinvested in the prison service, but also that it is built on quickly and delivers hundreds of new and genuinely affordable homes.”

10/11/2017 16:14 by Buildington

Islington Council is seeking feedback on draft planning guidance that sets out how the development of the Holloway Prison site should be approached by potential developers.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) closed Holloway Prison in 2016 and is looking to sell the site to a developer soon. This is an important site with local historical significance and its future development should meet local priorities and planning policies.

The council is developing planning guidance, known as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), to provide further detail. They are looking for feedback on this draft guidance, which will be used alongside relevant planning policies to help make a decision on any future planning applications relating to the site.

The main objectives highlighted in the guidance include:

- housing and in particular affordable housing
- public open green space and play space
- a women’s building/centre that includes space to support local organisations and promote employment opportunities
- a small amount of commercial space
- a high-quality design
- good connections
- high sustainability standards (including an energy centre to provide cheaper and cleaner energy).

Download the draft guidance from

Attend one of the drop-in sessions at John Barnes temporary library, Camden Road, outside Pangbourne House, Rowstock Gardens, N7 0BD:
Thursday 7 September (5-7pm)
Saturday 9 September (11.30am-3pm)

Have your say by completing the short online survey (link at or email [email protected]

16/08/2017 14:37 by Buildington

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