The South Devon Arts Centre (here on in know by the pithy initials SDAC) has been given the green light following planning approval for its plans to transform an empty industrial building in Totnes into a new arts and entertainment venue.
South Hams District Council gave the project the green light today (Friday 8 March), meaning work can begin on refurbishing the venue to provide the local community with a new art venue, exhibition space and a new home for community radio station Totnes FM.
David Parsley, chairman of SDAC, said: “This is wonderful news and we thank South Hams for approving the project. We’d also like to thank Totnes Town Council for supporting us and all those who wrote to the planning authorities to give their support.
“Work will begin on transforming the space to provide Totnes and the south Devon community with a wonderfully creative space very soon.”
The not-for-profit scheme will include a new 250 capacity live performance venue, a 70-seat theatre and cinema, art exhibition space, recording studios and Totnes FM, which will launch on its FM frequency later this year. The refurbishment will be completed in two stages, with the main auditorium and exhibition space completed in May, with the theatre and cinema following later in the year.
“We cannot do this without the support of the local community, so we’re incredible grateful to all the businesses and individuals who have helped us. People have been incredibly generous and we cannot thank them enough,” said David.
The centre will launch its schedule of music, comedy, theatre and cinema in late May, bringing 11 jobs to Totnes, with more positions planned in the following year. An announcement of the Grand Opening event, as well as some other big surprises, will be made by the end of this month.
SDAC will also host many different classes and workshops, and put on many special events specifically aimed at young people. The space will also be available for hire to anyone wishing to put on large or small events.
(from a press release)