Transition Homes Community Land Trust is a not-for-profit community organisation which grew out of the Totnes Transition Town movement and which was set up in response to frustrations with conventional profit-driven housing development around Totnes and Dartington.
Run by local volunteers the CLT has been working tirelessly with various funding and finance bodies, council planners, and local people to provide 27 eco-homes at Clay Park, in Dartington parish. The majority of the homes (70%) will be affordable rental & shared ownership for local people with a proportion of market housing required for cross-subsidy.
To date we have purchased the land, received planning permission, secured several hundred thousands in grant funding and are in negotiations with our preferred contractor to actually deliver the project.
For more information on the scheme please visit our website: https://www.
This quarter the big news is our successful grant bid to “HomesEngland” (formerly the Homes & Communities Agency) which means a big injection of funds to help support provision of the 12 shared ownership homes to the tune of £450,000!
As you can imagine this is very welcome news and hand in hand with funding from other bodies such as South Hams Council (£108,000), along with cross subsidising from market homes, mortgage finance and some careful “value engineering” will bring the scheme much closer to delivery.
Our principles of ecological and sustainable building methods and materials as well as providing high quality affordable homes comes at a cost. We have refrained from covering the entire site with homes in order to provide community growing and orchard space and to support the existing wild life and ecology of the site. There is also the provision of facilities for the local community and residents that would not usually be part of a conventional housing development including a community building with function room, kitchen, shared laundry and guest room, alongside a community garden with play area
Hence we need to support the project through grant funding in order to deliver a scheme that is aligned with these core principles and the needs of local people and the planet.
Construction should start in early 2019, and the allocations & sales process shortly after. If you are interested in living at Clay Park, please send an email to: applicants@