TCDS respond to Saputo Inc, noting the many inaccuracies and mistakes in their written response of 15 September 2021.
The Mansion is now at 80% occupancy and use including a new shared office space for up to seven new enterprising individuals, recognizing this type of work space was much in demand post pandemic. Once again there is a cafe established at its heart, Edgy Veggie Kitchen is now open, the ceramics and arts studios are brought back into regular sessional use and the Mansion became a top destination for the town Halloween event, 'Let [...]
The ‘No Place Left Behind’ report, is published by the Create Streets Foundation, The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking. It cites Atmos as a case study of exemplar low carbon development.
Totnes MP Anthony Mangnall tells BBC Radio Devon “we’re all acutely aware of the housing crisis in the South West. From a shortage of long-term rental properties to thousands of Airbnbs, to land-banked land, to unaffordable ‘affordable homes … drastic action must be taken”.
Le Journal de Montreal publishes an article with the subheading ‘Committed citizens of a small town feel they have been betrayed by the Quebec processor”. The article contacts Saputo Inc. in Montreal who issue their standard statement. The article concludes “At Saputo, the top five executives saw their salaries and bonuses jump by more than 20%, to $23.94 million, in fiscal year 2021 compared to last year”.
South Hams District Council declares a housing crisis. In a statement they write “Due to a number of factors, including the lack of rented accommodation which is available for longer than six months, an excessive rise in house prices due to second home-owners, the conversion of properties to Airbnb’s and people moving into the District since the pandemic: South Hams District Council has no choice but to declare a Housing Crisis”.
A well-attended public meeting is held by Atmos for Totnes to update the community on progress, at which members of Totnes Community Development Society, a representative from Altair Ltd and our Design Team present and answer questions. https://youtu.be/2q_QlT-AQQw
George Monbiot publishes an article in the Guardian entitled ‘England’s right-to-build laws are tokenistic and feeble – just ask the people of Totnes’, which reveals for the first time that Saputo UK’s COO and President Tom Atherton and Patrick Gillies, broker of the deal and now the self-proclaimed ‘designer and developer’ of the site, were in fact brothers-in-law when the sale of the site to Fastglobe was done. He writes: “None of my questions – [...]
TCDS commission Altair Ltd to work with them to update their financial modelling for the Atmos development to reflect the current conditions on the site and rising construction and material costs.