Totnes Community Development Society is in the process of obtaining legal advice on its position in relation to Atmos Totnes and the former Dairy Crest site next to Totnes rail station. Totnes Community Development Society wishes to make clear that it takes all related matters very seriously and, working with the Society’s lawyers, intends to take robust action to protect and advance its position and all legal rights. For the avoidance of doubt these rights [...]
Totnes Community Development Society has been granted approval for the first phase of the Atmos Totnes development by South Hams District Council. This follows the application of reserved matters for phase 1a of development relating to the construction of a bat house on the Atmos Totnes site. This phase will develop crucial ecological mitigation required by statutory agencies before any other work can start on site. Totnes Community Development Society has been granted permission to [...]
Totnes Community Development Society Directors would like to update the community on the situation regarding the purchase of the land from Saputo UK (formerly Dairy Crest). The Society has been informed that another organisation, FastGlobe (Mastics) Ltd, may be seeking to buy the former Dairy Crest site. At this stage the Society understand that the land has not been sold and that Fastglobe (Mastics) Ltd have taken a lease from Saputo UK for the land [...]
Directors of TCDS meet with Patrick Gillies as arranged, to provide him with the keys to the offices. Gillies advises that he had broken into the offices and changed the locks.
Two of nine permits and licences required under Flood Risk Management and Surface Water Drainage Development Strategy are applied for - the Bat House and the groundwork investigation. Both applications are approved by the Environment Agency in February 2020.
South Hams District Council determine on the first set of Reserved Matters which allows the start of work on site by Totnes Community Development Society in accordance with the Community Right to Build Order and the Reserved Matters. Two of nine permits and licences required under Flood Risk Management and Surface Water Drainage Development Strategy are approved by the Environment Agency.
A letter formally introducing TCDS and setting out their interest in the site is sent to Fastglobe on 18 February and delivered (and signed for) on 19 February. This sets out the TCDS position and requests a meeting with Fastglobe. TCDS requests clarity as to Patrick Gillies’ role in the site and who he is acting on behalf of. This request for clarity is never satisfactorily responded to.
On the morning of 17 January, Dave Chapman of TCDS is told, in a conversation with Tom Atherton, that they had received another offer, but that he could not disclose the amount of the offer, nor their identity, so as to protect client confidentiality. Dave Chapman then writes to Tom Atherton to remind him that TCDS’s offer is for £460,000 now, and an overage agreement worth, at that time, £4,999,500. Later that day, Eversheds Solicitors [...]
On 13 January 2020, after weeks of exchanges between solicitors finalising the contract of sale of the site to TCDS, TCDS write to confirm it is ready to exchange contracts.