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 later in 2014.
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. Shortly we will add an FAQ regarding Transition Homes Community Land Trust and the proposed development at Dartington.
Upcoming Community Consultation - May 10th
Dartington Village Hall, 11am - 3pm
As part of our design process and preparations for the planning application we are planning a community consultation drop in event. We look forward to seeing you there - we welcome your questions and your feedback, and will be running two tours of the site at midday and 2pm. If you would like to go on a tour, please bring wellies if it has been raining, and be aware that the site is around a 15 minute walk from the village hall.
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
We now own a site!
Transition Homes Community Land Trust has been working now for five years to develop low impact housing for local people in housing need which demonstrates transition ideals by:
- 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 socially rented housing will be available.
Eligibility: To be eligible to be considered for one of the houses people do have to be in need of housing, unable to buy on the open market and have a local connection. Most importantly, they also will be enthusiastic about being part of a landmark scheme demonstrating sustainable living. We will be working closely with South Hams in allocating properties and already have a long list of people who would love to be part of it. Properties will be allocated according to the strength of housing need and local connection.
If you are interested email applicants@transitionhomes.
Public consultation events
Our next event is on May 10th at Dartington Village Hall, from 11am to 3pm. 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