Atmos Totnes Regulation 14 Consultation

November 1, 2015

Totnes Community Development Society Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes, The Former Totnes Creameries Site, Totnes, TQ9 5JP


Consultation 2nd November – 20th December 2015

Totnes Community Development Society (TCDS) as a qualifying body has prepared a submission for a Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes, The Former Totnes Creameries Site, Totnes, TQ9 5JP for and with the local community.

Where can I see plans for Atmos Totnes?

TCDS is presenting the draft Order here as part of a six weeks pre-submission consultation programme, as per regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012.

The draft Order, including all supporting information, is on display for representations and comments at:

The Atmos Totnes Hub, Station Yard, Station Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JP

2nd November – 20 December 2015.

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 4pm,
  • Wednesday 2pm – 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 11am – 3pm

The draft Order, including all supporting information is available online:

For draft Community Right to Build Order including all supporting information, graphic summaries and consultants reports follow this link.

To make comments, objections or representations, through any of these consultation methods please complete the form below and return to Totnes Community Development Society using the contact information within the document.

Consultation response form:

Atmos Totnes CRtBO Consultation response form TCDS 02-11-15

What representations should be made at this point?

Comments on any aspect of the proposals are welcome and objections will be formally logged and responded to. Representations at this stage should also address whether or not the draft Community Right to Build Order meets the basic conditions and other matters that an independent examiner is required to consider under paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). The Basic Conditions are that Totnes Community Development Society Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes must:

  • have appropriate regard to national policies and advice contained in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF);
  • contribute to the achievement of sustainable development;
  • be in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the Local Plan for the area; and
  • be compatible with EU obligations, including human rights requirements.

What happens next?

Following the end of the consultation, comments will be assessed and fed back into the ongoing design process led by Totnes Community Development Society. Objections to the plans will be reported and responded to. Depending on the modifications required, Totnes Community Development Society would aim to submit the Community Right to Build Order to South Hams District Council in 2016 for further consultation and review before proceeding to an independent examiner, and if appropriate, a referendum.

For more information about the Community Right to Build Process, click here.

If you live or work in Totnes and would like a Director of Totnes Community Development Society to talk with you and your colleagues/neighbours in your home or workplace about Atmos Totnes please contact TCDS on Tel: 01803 411787 (Please leave a message on the BT answering service).


  1. By verity Newman
    November 10, 2015

    It was only today I realised that the purchase was not a done deal, I thought mcarthy and stone had purchased and there was nothing we could do. as you can imagine there is a lot of bad feeling in Redworth and Radnor terraces, and in weirfields. we will have to live with the new building proposed, which we believe will house 37 people, and be as high as the Brunel building. we are planning to meet as a group and object as strongly as possible. atmos is in many regards admirable, but to those of us who feel we have been sold down the river to a dodgy developer then its hard to feel positive, rewilding would be preferable.

    • By John Birch
      December 7, 2015

      I really do not think it helps matters by describing one of Atmos’s partners as a “dodgy developer”. In fact it is probably defamatory and I wouldn’t be surprised if M&C consider legal action against those making such comments. Those objecting to M&C need to realise that all the hard work put in by the Atmos team could come to nothing if there is no involvment or investment by a developer such as M&C. Their contribution, as I understand it, is vital to the scheme and without we could end up with either a full blown industrial site or another executive housing estate. This is the last thing we want in Totnes. Those at Atmos must be congratulated on coming up with a scheme that will be a credit to Totnes and an example for other towns. It deserves the support of the people of Totnes

  2. By Pam Hodgkins
    December 17, 2015

    Feel that 3 storeys is too high and not in keeping with Totnes and the local community. 2 Storey would be preferable and less imposing

  3. By Peter Rees Co-Chair Totnes T&DTTF
    December 20, 2015

    Totnes and District Traffic & Transport Forum is concerned that a better connection is required at Wearfields between KEVICS and the Station. This link is likely to be import for sustainable movement to and within the town’s north west quadrant while improving connectivity for the Atmos site. Without the link the sites’ green travel plans could well be compromised.
    The work would involve opening a way through the back of the car park proposed for the retirement homes. Thtough significant, the level difference here is less than at Parkers Barn where a bus link has been reserved. The forum believes this is an important opportunity to promote sustainable movement, whose ommision would have adverse consequences for the town as a whole.