Community Voices for Holloway: What People want on the Holloway Prison Redevelopment

Humphry, Debbie; Mayo, Marjorie; Barbawoo, Much; Panjwani, Sarah Mussa and Seoighe, Rachel (2021). Community Voices for Holloway: What People want on the Holloway Prison Redevelopment. Community Plan for Holloway, London.



This is a report for Community Plan for Holloway, a campaign organisation that seeks to amplify the voices of local people during the redevelopment of the former Holloway prison in the London Borough of Islington by Peabody Housing Association. The report presents research into what local people want and need on the redevelopment, arguing that it represents a unique opportunity to meet Islington’s pressing needs for social housing, green spaces and community facilities, alongside a Women’s Building. This report is based on 217 community narratives collected online and offline in 2020, with street-level interviews and group discussions that enabled people to explain their views in detail. People felt that the development should promote a sense of a community, be environmentally sustainable with green spaces and inclusive community and youth facilities. There was very wide support for the Women’s Building to provide safe spaces and a range of services for all women in the community, embedding the principles of social justice and enhancing women’s well-being as an appropriate legacy to the women's prison.

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