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Community Development

Land Development

About Us

Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS) incorporated as an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community in July 2012 with five Members. They are are Ed Vidler, Dave Chapman, Rob Hopkins, Frances Northrop and Anna Lodge. You can find out more about them here Directors.

TCDS was set up with 6 objectives:

  1. Identifying opportunities to obtain land and buildings, within Totnes and the surrounding area, which have the potential for viable community use
  2. Working with other organisations to develop such opportunities to ensure they are brought into community use
  3. Undertaking these development opportunities in a manner that will ensure their environmental and financial sustainability over the long term
  4. Ensuring that the maximum value from these development opportunities, during construction and thereafter, is retained within the local economy
  5. Ensuring the democratic control of these development opportunities by the community through the establishment of an appropriate level membership of this Society
  6. Providing an opportunity for public-spirited people and organisations to contribute financially to the community, with the expectation of a social dividend.

You can download a copy of the Totnes Community Development Society rules here.


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TCDS: Election notice

During the period in the run up to the election the Directors of Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS) and as Sole Trustee of the King Edward VI College Site Foundation (known as the Mansion), would like to make it clear that we work on behalf of the community of Totnes as a whole, across the political spectrum. TCDS does not endorse and does not support any political party. TCDS does not have any allegiances with any political party. We invite everyone to get involved with the processes facilitated by TCDS, whatever their political position.

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Expressions of interest for lease of the Pulse, the Mansion

The King Edward VI College Site Foundation (known as the Mansion) in Totnes are seeking expressions of interest from organisations interested in renting the Pulse building. This is the annex building on the end of the Mansion site that was formerly used by Totnes Progressive School.

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