Designed to redevelop a derelict industrial site (Dairy Crest, next to Totnes station) for homes and businesses in Totnes. The plans show 99 homes (62 will be genuinely affordable and 37 will be for older people), enterprise and work space providing employment for at least 160 people.

Atmos is a great demonstration of people power, determination and patience

Atmos Totnes is a once-in-a-generation chance to develop a key part of Totnes in a way that is for the people, not just for profit. It is the name of the community-led project to re-develop the former Dairy Crest site next to Totnes rail station (a derelict brownfield industrial site). The project began in 2007 with the closure of the Totnes Creameries. It is the work of Totnes Community Development Society.

Atmos has taken an old milk processing factory in Totnes and, led by an exemplary and highly creative community consultation process, has redesigned it as a vibrant,  mixed use development, designed to be the heart of a new economy for Totnes.


  • 99 homes including 62 truly affordable houses linked only to this community, and 37 ring- fenced homes for older people
  • Workspace for local businesses to provide at least 160 jobs
  • Refurbishment of the Brunel Building, a health and wellbeing centre, space dedicated to the whole community (young and old alike)
  • Community ownership of the majority of the land through a town wide share issue
  • Flood defence for Totnes through redevelopment of the site
  • Training opportunities through the build, management and maintenance of the site.

Atmos is a great demonstration of people power, determination and patience. We see this site as being a vital catalyst for the town’s economy, as well as the opportunity to model a new approach to development, and provide the means for young people to stay in the town. As greenfield sites across the country disappear under unaffordable, inefficient and boring homes, we urgently need a new model.

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A NEW Economic Model

Atmos Totnes is a different model of development. Rather than being a model of housing that is designed to benefit private interests, it is designed with both the short term needs (housing that is genuinely affordable, workspace, cultural and arts space, employment and training) and the long term needs (an income for the town that will continue as long as the development exists).

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