The Atmos plan is ambitious, viable and deliverable.

Where has it worked before?

Phase One is the work on the Brunel building, the clearing of the rest of the site, and the site remediation works. The rest of the site is then to be built out in a series of phases, each one underpinned by its own viable business model. We're ready to go.

It's time for a different approach to development.

The Community Led Development of Atmos Totnes hinges on socially and economically inclusive and environmentally sustainable development, deploying high quality design. These desired outcomes are set in the context of locally entrenched inequality, climate change and biodiversity crisis, air pollution and political uncertainty.

Encompassing all aspects of rural town life: work, culture, transport, ecology and future resilience; the Atmos Totnes Plan is, critically, a housing delivery plan focused on meeting urgent need. The delivery structure for Atmos Totnes is a not-for-profit financial model.

The key difference between for-profit and not-for-profit models relate to who the beneficiaries are. For-profit development produces returns for the enrichment of owners and / or shareholders, whereas not-for-profits either reinvest or use profits to serve their mission, in this case the enrichment of the community.

In simple terms, it means the activities of the organisation - TCDS - are not for the financial benefit of any individual, board of directors or shareholders. In the development world, not-for-profit housing developers e.g. Housing Associations, build affordable housing for people under-served by the private market. Genuinely community led development is still an emerging field, but it's been around longer than you might think - the Ecology Building Society has been lending to community led developers for over 40 years (and ethical lenders tend to do well in a storm).

The key point is that Atmos Totnes is absolutely viable, and is on the cutting edge of thinking in terms of what post-COVID, inclusive, sustainable development needs to look like.

Phase 1 - Cleaning up the site

Ready to start since 2019

“Atmos is one of the most groundbreaking proposals for community-led developments in the UK today. Based on my own research and experience over the last twenty years, Atmos is a classic win-win project for local and central government, local businesses and the community.  We face huge challenges as a nation to build a net-zero, more resilient society by the 2030s. Atmos is part of that solution, and should be prioritised as such”.

Paul Chatterton

Professor of Urban Futures, University of Leeds; author of ‘Unlocking Sustainable Cities’ and co-founder of LILAC, in Leeds; a CoHousing community where homes and land are managed by residents through a Mutual Home Ownership Society

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