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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

More about Frederick Richard Lee

As we continue with our Historical researches we are regularly adding details to our website, so here is our latest update on the famous Victorian artist who lived within a quarter of a mile of Manning’s Pit.

This webpage will have more details added to it, so this is just a taster.

We are especially curious  – see the Press Cutting included – about the fact that Lee’s paintings were already on display in the Melbourne Public Library before he arrived there in his yacht Linda in 1873.  As we have had messages of support for our campaign already from Melbourne, we hope to encourage our Australian friends to do some detective work on our behalf. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find that there was a Manning’s Pit painting there in Melbourne!

Here was Sophie sending us a Save Manning’s Pit message from Flinders Street Station in Melbourne earlier this year.


Jill Rossey Green

Jill Rossey Green is a local artist who creates montages – rather like collages – from photographs. She has  been inspired by Manning’s Pit and the surrounding area to produce this beautifully intricate work illustrated here – it is hard to believe that the daisy chain for example is not made from actual daisies!

The montage was on show at our recent Coffee Morning, and was greatly admired. If anyone would be interested in purchasing a print, here are the details:

A2 (23″ x 16.5″) size, signed, professional glossy prints – £35 to include £5 campaign donation.

If you would like to purchase one, please email us at   and we will pass your email on to Jill.   (Please note, this post has been edited as there was an error in the price mentioned earlier)


Nice to see you

coffee-morning-oct-2017It was good to see so many supporters at our Coffee Morning yesterday. Thank you all for coming out on such a wet morning. So many of our Save Manning’s Pit events have taken place under wet skies, from our first two big marches, to the last two Green Man Festival days, but it never seems to damp our supporters’ spirits. As one person said, Manning’s Pit needs the rain for the grass to grow.

As always, the cakes were fantastic, and thanks to so many of you for baking and bringing them on the day.  The photograph above was taken during a quiet moment, most of the time we were so busy talking to people we forgot to take photos! You can spot John Norman, the star of our two films, over by the cake table.