21 Jul 2009
The ATMOS Project: Transition in Action
About 2 years ago, in Totnes, Dairy Crest, the major employer in the town, closed, with the loss of 160 jobs. The site on which it was based, 8 acres adjoining the railway station and running down to the river, now stands derelict. Although most of the buildings are unspectacular steel factory buildings, it is also home to a building built by Brunel for an experimental approach to running the UK’s railway system that never took off, atmospheric railway, and also to a landmark tall chimney. A number of local groups, including Transition Town Totnes, have got together and are proposing to bring the site into community ownership and to create an visionary development that embodies the principles and opportunities of Transition. A new masterplanning document for the site has just been published, which we think is rather wonderful and exemplary, which we thought you might like to see. You can download it here.