Totnes goes to the polls, to cast their vote on whether or not the Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes should be given planning permission. On November 24 2016, the results of the Atmos Totnes Community Right to Build Order referendum are announced. Votes cast in favour (‘yes’ votes): 85.69%. Votes cast not in favour (‘no’ votes): 14.31%. Turn out: 30.64%. The scheme can now proceed, pending final approval by South Hams Council.

It’s worth putting the referendum result in context. It means this community went from signing an agreement with Dairy Crest, to a full planning consent, on a very complex site, in just over two years, something most developers struggle to do.