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May 5

Atmos Totnes receives £2.9m Lottery grant with help from Locality



Locality member, Totnes Community Development Society’s project to develop Atmos Totnes received a huge boost today after securing £2.9 million in Heritage Lottery Funding for the restoration of a historic pumping house, The Brunel Building.

The completed Brunel Building will include a workshop space, offices and a cafe as well as flexibility for the whole building to transform regularly into larger space for sizable events, after a full grant amount of £2.9 million is awarded in two stages by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Part of this funding also includes the development and pilot of a large scale Community Labour Initiative, where formal and informal training is centrally integrated into build process, allowing for employment and training opportunities for Totnes.

Locality has been working with Totnes Community Development Society‘s wider plans for Atmos Totnes – the transformation of a piece of derelict land into a thriving community hub with 62 community affordable homes, a hotel, a school for food entrepreneurs and a brewery – all built on a site that is owned in the majority by the community of Totnes. The development of Atmos Totnes has gone through a period of extensive community consultation, which included the country’s first Community Right to Build Order being granted after an 86% ‘yes’ vote at referendum in November 2016. They received hands-on support from the Community Housing team at Locality and a grant through the Locality-administered Community Buildings Fund.

“Totnes Community Development Society are very pleased to have had the support of Locality as the plans for Atmos Totnes have developed, particularly through the teams working on Neighbourhood Planning and community rights. They have seen the potential for connecting a number of areas: community-led housing, community enterprise and development of other local assets – in this case the listed Brunel Building. As Atmos Totnes moves forward thanks to grants, investments and a whole range of support, we look forward to continuing to work with Locality, to understand how communities can each undergo their own processes to meet their own needs locally through community ownership and development.”

– Dave Chapman, a Director of Totnes Community Development Society and project lead for Atmos Totnes.

“Totnes Community Development Society is a really ambitious community organisation engaging local people to find imaginative solutions to both the issue of affordable housing and the use of a derelict site in the town. This is a great example what you can achieve when a community organisation takes the lead in engaging developers, the local authority, and key stakeholders – amongst the most challenging issues – and we are delighted to see the progress it has made.”

– Carole Reilly, Director of Services at Locality.

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We have been working closely with member Totnes Community Development Society on their community-led housing, neighbourhood planning and asset transfer plans.

If your organisation is looking at creating your own Atmos Totnes – or considering asset transfer, community-led housing or neighbourhood planning, Locality can help you make those goals a reality.

Locality membership works to give you hands-on support and expert advice on a wide range of, save you money and give you access to our national network of ambitious, enterprising and determined community-led organisations. 

Our national team of experts is available to support and advise on your plans every step of the waysend us your ideas for change, and speak to your local Locality representative.

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