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Our Proposal

A Sustainable Neighbourhood

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The Deck - a raised pedestrianised street providing free communal amenity space.

Baltic Lane - a characterful winding street at the top of the site designed around the preservation of the dark 'bat corridor' with homes fronting the hillside.

Riverside - a public space along the waterfront providing access to the river with pedestrianised routes back to the hillside.

Boatyard - boat storage and modern employment space.

Public Square - a public open space at the south end of the development with stunning views down the river where events can take place and the community can come together.

Care Home - a purpose built care home providing 55 bed spaces.

Undercroft - Car parking, bin and bike storage plus mechanical plant space are all hidden away under the deck enabling much of the development to be car free, improving the quality of the public realm.

CGI Viewpoints

Employment Opportunities

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Care Home


Workshops +



In addition to the boatyard, a
further 1,296 sqm of mixed-use
commercial space is proposed
across the remainder of the site.
This will help create a vibrant new destination for Totnes and offer new employment opportunities.



4,218 sqm of commercial space offering potential employment opportunities for up to 300 people


Retaining a viable working boatyard is at the heart of the proposal. The new facilities will support the local economy and ensure an important local asset is secure for the use of future generations.

The existing boatyard however requires significant investment to adhere to current building regulations, environmental standards and address the demands of modern employees. It is not economically viable to refurbish the existing buildings.


Occupying an area of 11,500 sqm the new boatyard will be developed in Phase 1 of the new scheme to ensure its seamless operation during construction. The new boatyard will consist of modern buildings with offices above workshop spaces suitable for a huge variety of marine uses.

Sustainability & Biodiversity



 A Sustainable Community 

The proposal has been designed as a sustainable neighbourhood. To achieve this a number of carbon reduction strategies have been deployed. These include:

• Gas free development.

• Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) fitted throughout. 

• Photovoltaic (PV) panels on all buldings

• EPC Rated A and B

• Triple glazed passive haus certified windows

• Air tightness below 2 ensuring that dwellings don’t require a large amount of heat/energy input

• Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery systems

• Part O - Solar shading to be installed to help prevent overheating.


•  Electric Vehicle charging

• Circa 300,000 KWH generated annually from PV panels across the entire development

Biodiversity and ecological enhancement is a key element for the proposed development. The landscape design provides species rich wildlife habitats from the waterfront through to the hillside.


Working with ecologists, arboriculture consultants and landscape architects, the design team have designed a diverse range of habitats to enhance and protect native wildlife which culminates in a Biodiversity Net Gain of over 30% (at least triple the policy requirement).


A dark ‘bat corridor’ has been created along the river and hillside to ensure the existing foraging routes are protected to support the local bat population.


Acorn has pledged to introduce bee friendly plants, peat free compost and wild bird boxes (Swift, Sparrow and Starling) across the site.


In addition bee bricks/ boxes and hedgehog friendly gravel boards will be installed.

Regeneration of brownfield sites near urban centres is the most sustainable way to provide new homes and businesses. Baltic Wharf is, by location alone, a highly sustainable development as it provides:

• Facilities within walking distance helping to support the local economy

• Easy access to public transport including Bob the Bus reducing reliance on cars

• Carefully designed dwellings and fast broadband infrastructure to promote working from home

• Smart meters fitted to all new dwellings

• Sanitary ware specified to reduce water usage

• Water butts to all houses so water can be reused

• A mixed-use development enabling people to live, work from home, exercise and socialise without the need for a private car.

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