The Atmos Project unlocked the site, creating a cutting-edge masterplan.

Rather than a handful of people designing a scheme to suit their own financial needs, the Atmos Project was designed by over 4,000 contributions from Totnes residents, over many rounds of consultation. What they created is truly a Work of Heart...

The Atmos Project is critically, in a town that just declared a housing emergency, a housing delivery plan focused on meeting urgent need. Through extensive feasability work the people of Totnes made the site viable, putting it on the cutting edge of thinking in terms of what community-focused, inclusive, sustainable development needs to look like.

The Atmos Project meets the needs of the community, because it's designed and owned by the community

Genuinely affordable housing for locals

Genuinely affordable houses held in perpetuity for the Totnes community.
Incredibly important to the community of Totnes, given below average household income and very high housing costs  – both for sale and rent.

Business and training opportunities

Atmos will be built, in part, by providing much-needed training opportunities for local people. The scheme will be home to businesses and at least 160 jobs. Atmos will become the heart of a new economy supporting the town, and the region.

What we voted to see in the Atmos Project was visionary and the town's intellectual property.

• Over 4,000 meaningful contributions

• Over 20 public consultations

86% Yes vote for the Atmos Project

62 affordable housing units

Genuinely affordable houses held in perpetuity for the Totnes community.

Nationally important
Music & Arts venue

The Brunel building transformed into the best community Music & Arts venue west of Bristol.

37 retirement homes

Building for the Totnes Community to connect Young and Old. Privately sold and built to high sustainability standards.

Youth provision

A much needed space for young people in Totnes. Our future starts here with inspiration from the new generation.

Local labour initiative

Atmos will be built, in part, by providing much-needed training opportunities for local people.

Public space

Creating a new space for Totnes; beautifully landscaped, public art and places for people to meet.

58 bed Eco-Hotel and roof garden

Jobs and training at our very special hotel with a garden on the roof that's run as a community enterprise.

Business space to grow and expand.

7,051 square metres of workspace for new businesses to get established and for existing businesses to expand.

Live/Work spaces for a changing world

Many people in town told us they wanted places where they could work downstairs and live upstairs. So we’re building them…

Local food from a local grocery store

With such an abundance of fine food in Devon we can do it Atmos-style!

Health and Wellbeing Centre

Close to the river, working with health professionals, this will be an additional strand of health provision in the town.

A Sustainable Transport Hub

Atmos is designed to be as car-free as possible, with a shared electric car pool, access to public transport and more. see delivery plan

School for Food Entrepreneurs

A place where new food businesses can get established without the need for their own commercial kitchen. An incubator for food entrepreneurs.

Microbrewery

A brewery/bar at the entrance to the town showcasing the finest in local craftsmanship and flavours.

Riverside Cafe

A cafe where we can all enjoy the river, and then take a river taxi into town.

100% renewable
Energy Centre

Supplying onsite renewable energy to power the whole scheme.

Flood Defence for the whole town

Extensive flood mitigation and defence; for Atmos and for the whole town.

Community inter-connection

Creating opportunities for Totnes residents, young and old, to come together.

“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’

“We desperately need pioneering developments which demonstrate how homes, jobs, workplaces and public space will be provided in a zero carbon future.

The Atmos Project promises to do exactly that - and with such creativity and style, too."

“I’m horrified that the community-led development of the dairy site by Atmos Totnes is hanging in the balance. This kind of future-thinking development can transform local economies and is exactly what we need as we emerge from Covid-19. We must ‘bounce forwards’ not fall back on conventional development that has failed so badly for so long.”

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