Transition Homes Community Land Trust proposes a development of 25 affordable, eco-homes on a site near Dartington village. We are in the process of preparing the planning application to be submitted early in 2015.
This page provides information on upcoming events, registering your interest as a potential resident of the site, and our contact details.
This page will be updated with relevant news and information about the CLT and the proposed development, including volunteer opportunities when we get to the construction stage.
Upcoming Events - March 2015
We'll be holding our final community consultation at Dartington Village Hall on Saturday March 14th from 11am - 2pm, where you'll be able to see the site layout, house designs, energy systems and more which will be submitted with our planning application later in the Spring.
Established and fledgling CLTs from around the UK are invited to join us at a 'See it and Believe it' CLT network event supported by the National CLT Network, here in Totnes on Friday March 20th. We'll be showcasing what we've done and answering your questions - it's a great opportunity to network with other CLTs and find out more about sustainable development and natural building materials. Places are limited, but free - please book here.
November update - successful funding bids
The CLT has recently been successful with applications for top-up pre-development funding to help us with our water & waste treatment, and landscape design following permaculture principles, from a Community Renewable Energy Grant provided by the Naturesave Trust, and from the Devon County Council Locality budget, through Councillor Rosemary Rowe. We are very grateful to both for their assistance.
New website coming
As of late 2014, we're putting together a new, more in-depth website. There will be a Frequently Asked Questions which will be updated as the development progresses, and more information on the house and site design.
Membership of the National CLT Network
We're now full members of the National CLT Network. Their website has many useful resources for start-up and established CLTs.
There is also a great map of registered CLTs across England and Wales, so you can find projects close to you.
Community Consultation - May 10th 2014
Dartington Village Hall, 11am - 3pm
As part of our design process and preparations for the planning application we held a community consultation drop in event. Over 80 people from the local area cam along to find out about the project and to offer support, to express concerns and to ask questions. We took two tours of the site, in spite of the showers!
As promised, you can view the content from the Community Consultation online. If you have any comments, please get in touch.
A short video from the event is online here.
April 2014 Update
Transition Homes staff recruited
Using part of the £50,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency we are delighted to have appointed Nicola Lang as our part-time co-ordinator, and Jessica Gotham as an intern, to assist in all the work needed to submit a planning application for about 25 low cost sustainable houses and a community hub on the Clay Lane site later this year.
Volunteer opportunities on Transition Homes development
Because construction will be with local natural materials such as straw and rammed earth, there will be opportunities for people to volunteer on the build and get some training in sustainable construction. They will be working alongside skilled local builders. Volunteering is empowering, increases skills, knowledge and future employment prospects and keeps costs low. There will also be opportunities to volunteer with catering and planting. We will be starting to recruit volunteers quite soon so look out for further information.
July 2013 news
Read an interview with Transition Homes CLT for the REconomy project here.
April 2013 Update
- Using local natural materials and the least possible fossil fuels in the build and in the manufacturing and transport of materials
- Having high levels of insulation, generating energy on site and using grey water and rainwater harvesting
- Supporting residents to live a low impact lifestyle e.g. reducing need for car and energy use
- Enabling greater self-sufficiency, including providing space to grow food.
We are delighted to have purchased Clay Park, near Puddaven in Dartington Parish, near Totnes . We plan to build around 25 homes on the seven acre field as well as create space for allotments, woodland for coppiced fuel and a community hub building. The £250,000 needed to buy the site was loaned to the CLT by local supporters. We have already secured funding to pay the costs of submitting a planning application and are considering the best ways to raise the development funding. Banks such as Triodos, Charity Bank and Ecological Building Society have already expressed their interest in the project but we are also looking at the possibility of raising community investment as the best way to make this a really local project and part of a thriving local economy.
Take a look at this short report and film of the tree planting we did to celebrate the site purchase.
Because the site is not included in South Hams District Council DPD (Site Allocations Development Plan Document) for this area, we are consulting with the planners to secure their support for the development as an exception. The development will include shared ownership property and socially rented homes which we aim to keep genuinely affordable by keeping rents within housing benefit limits.
Becoming a resident
A mixture of shared ownership and affordable rented housing will be available.
Eligibility: To be eligible to be considered for one of the houses people do have to:
- have a local connection (with Dartington parish, or an adjacent parishes of Totnes, Harberton, Rattery, Littlehempston or Staverton )
- be in need of housing
- be unable to buy on the open market
- be enthusiastic about being part of a landmark scheme demonstrating sustainable living.
Properties will be allocated according to the strength of housing need and local connection.
If you are interested you must register as being in housing need with Devon Home Choice (for rental properties) and/or Help to Buy South West (formerly South West Homes, for shared ownership), and contact us on email@example.com to register with us. Please be aware that no residents will be allocated places until we have secured planning permission; we are preparing our planning application to be submitted in autumn 2014. From the time we secure planning permission, it is likely to take 18 months before the homes are ready for occupation. When you register your interest with us, we will send you regular bulletins with progress on the development.
Public consultation event - June 2013
We held the first of these on 15th June 2013 at Dartington Parish Hall. As promised, you can take a look at the exhibition here.
After so many years planning and searching we are delighted to be getting so close to making making this project happen and would like to thank all our supporters for making it possible.
You can find out how to contact us here