Happy New Year

We started our campaign to Save Manning’s Pit in October 2015. Now here we are in January 2018, and the application still has not come before the Planning Committee.  We don’t know when this will happen, but in may be soon, perhaps in February.

Meanwhile, our support continues growing.  People far and wide are asking, where is Manning’s Pit? This December, we have had messages of support from Iceland and the USA (Cape Cod and Acton, Mass.  Here are the newest ones, from Cape Cod, and Acton – where they have the snow we were hoping we would have in Manning’s Pit.




Happy Christmas

Best wishes to everyone, hoping that you have had a lovely day today – despite the weather here in Pilton and Barnstaple, which is great for ducks but not so good for walking in Manning’s Pit!

Funds Rising Fast

So many people love Manning’s Pit.  It is such a special place,  and although it’s close to Christmas, and money is tight for so many of us, as soon as we announced the need to raise more funds, the money has been coming in in heart warming amounts.

North Devon is not a wealthy place, and so many young people in Pilton and Barnstaple find that a deposit on an affordable house is way beyond their means. They understand the need for housing – but they still support the campaign to Save Manning’s Pit because they know that while people need houses to live in, they also need places like Manning’s Pit to be kept safe, not just for themselves but for their children and grandchildren in the future.

We are already over half way towards the target we need to reach, and we want to thank everyone of you who have so far given towards it.

To put you all in a seasonal mood, here is another Save Manning’s Pit Message. We had one from Africa in the summer, here’s one from the land of ice and fire, Iceland.EPSON MFP image


Call to Action

Donations needed to raise funds for a response to the speculator’s latest submissions!


We know how generous you have all been so far, answering every call for help when it has been needed.

Now it is needed again, urgently. This time we are not baking cakes, or putting on skittles, or doing our usual fund raising events – but simply asking you to give whatever you can to help Save Manning’s Pit.

We need to raise between £700 and £800, quickly, as we are commissioning our consultants to scrutinise the new submissions.

 To find out how to donate, go to our website at this page:


Latest News

Amended plans have been received in connection with the Planning Application for Manning’s Pit, and a new consultation period has been opened, now extending until December 21st 2017 .

You can read these revised plans and submissions on the Council Website at the link below. If, after reading them, you consider that your original objection letters do not need revising, you do not need to take any action. If however you would like to comment on these revised plans, or have any new information you would like to add, please do so!

The Planning Application

Latest on the Planning Application

The speculators who bought Manning’s Pit have submitted extra details regarding the application and there is a new consultation period, which will end on December 21st 2017.

You cam read their submissions, along with the hundreds of letters of objection that have already been sent by our supporters, on the North Devon Council Planning Department website