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Community Development

Land Development

Who we are?

TCDS is not for profit company based in Totnes, Devon, that seeks to support the community in obtaining land, managing and imaginatively developing it, while also seeking to generate a social return on the time and money invested in these projects. We believe another model of development is possible, one led by and owned by the community. And we are dedicated to making that a reality on the ground.

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Atmos Totnes

TCDS is perhaps best known for leading the Atmos Totnes project, a groundbreaking initiative seeking to redevelop the former Dairy Crest site in Totnes. It is demonstrating how good development is only really possible when the community is creatively engaged from the outset, and is already being seen by some as national best practice. To realise Atmos Totnes, TCDS will use a new route to planning – the Community Right to Build Order.

Our Community

TCDS is rooted in its community. Its Directors are local residents, community leaders, and those working in many different aspects of the life of the community. TCDS and the Atmos Totnes initiative, and the team and partners that have come together to enable them to happen, are showing a real alternative to the conventional developer-led approach

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Council publishes information for Atmos referendum voters

South Hams District Council have published formal information relating to the Community Right to Build Order local referendum for Atmos Totnes which will take place on the 23 November 2016. This is important information for voters and supporting documentation relating to the Community Right to Build Order. Totnes Community Development Society encourages local people to visit the South Hams District Council website to help them in registering and making an informed vote.

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Draft referendum date for Atmos Totnes announced

It is expected that the referendum for Atmos Totnes will be held on Wednesday 23 November 2016. The local authority (South Hams District Council) needs to be satisfied that all of the necessary arrangements for the referendum have been made before the date can be confirmed.

Totnes Community Development Society is committed to supporting those entitled to vote to understand the process and plans that have been developed by this community for Atmos Totnes over the last 2 years.

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The Community Right to Build Order process moves forward

Having reviewed the representation made by members of the community and statutory organisations to Regulation 16 Consultation draft Order, South Hams District Council have confirmed that they consider that the Community Right to Build Order meets the Basic Conditions; that the Order is compliant and in accordance with planning regulations both locally and nationally amongst other requirements.

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