Architect Harris Sutton won the overall award after local residents campaigned to get original plans for the site scrapped

The overall winner of this year’s Housing Design Awards very nearly didn’t happen.

The South Gate scheme by Harris Sutton Partnership in Totnes only came about after the local community had forced the council to reject initial plans for the site.

Building’s assistant editor Tom Lane found out how people power resulted in an award winning scheme by local architect Harris Sutton Partnership.