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.

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.

The Community Right to Build Order process moves forward

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.

TCDS shortlisted for social investment prize

Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS), has been shortlisted for a Social Investment Award run by the Cabinet Office in partnership with Nat West. TCDS are jointly shortlisted with UK social investor CAF Venturesome that has invested finance in the pre-development process taking place at the community-led development facilitated by TCDS, Atmos Totnes.

Together TCDS and CAF Venturesome are shortlisted for the Institutional social investment award, which will award and show-case the Institutional investment deal or product that has created demonstrable social impact at scale.

The Mansion, Totnes

Devon County Council (DCC) is currently preparing for a potential transfer of trusteeship of the Mansion to Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS).

This follows business modelling undertaken by TCDS through the Town Council Steering Group last year and a call from the Steering Group for groups interested in taking on management of the Mansion to come forward on behalf of the community. The aim of this work has been to establish a way that the building can remain in community use into the future.

A big thank you from Atmos Totnes.

A big thank you from Atmos Totnes.

The Atmos Totnes Hub was open every day between 2nd November and 20th December for Regulation 14 consultation on the draft Community Right to Build Order (Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012). Totnes Community Development Society would like to thank all residents and businesses who took the time to view the draft Order and supporting material and for their contributions through formal input into the process.

Atmos Hub Podcast: 12 September 2015

Atmos Hub Podcast: 12 September 2015

When the Atmos Hub was open last month, over 150 people passed through and left their thoughts and comments. We caught up with a few people as they were leaving, and here is a podcast which captures some of their reflections

Announcing our pre-submission consultation

Announcing our pre-submission consultation

Totnes Community Development Society is submitting for a Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes (on former the Dairy Crest site). Details of the order proposal are available for residents, businesses and agencies to view and comment and make representations to Totnes Community Development Society at the Atmos Totnes Hub, Station Road, TQ9 5JP, the London side of Totnes Train station) on the following dates: 2nd November – 20 December 2015 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 4pm Wednesday 2pm – 8pm Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm A programme of exhibits will also take place in venues around Totnes. Details will be published shortly. What will Atmos Totnes will mean for you, your family and your neighbourhood? Atmos Totnes aims to provide truly affordable community-linked housing and jobs. Through the development, the community can own land and buildings, and run services and businesses in ways that meet the needs of Totnes, flexibly into the future. A Community Right to Build Order is a new community-led route to planning being used at Atmos Totnes. Many individuals, families, organisations in Totnes have helped shape the design process at Atmos Totnes and now formal consultation can begin. An examination of the process will be undertaken by an official representative but ultimately, a decision to grant planning content is given through a public referendum. The community will therefore be asked to vote for or against the Atmos Totnes development next...