Buy Manning's Pit!

Mannings Pit - Our Future by Ty Redif.

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Manning's Pit - described as "Land to the East of Windsor Road" in Auction Catalogue - is for sale.

The Auction has been postponed.

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby writes to auctioneers about suggestion Manning's Pit has "planning potential"

Developers support our Campaign

The Auction Catalogue suggests Manning's Pit has development potential but Barratt David Wilson Homes, who are building in the adjacent field, obviously disagree. This photo shows Joanna Towns presenting our campaign with a cheque from them to help us Buy Manning's Pit.

Summix Ltd, the present owners are a successful national company but they have given up the fight for planning permission.
The History of the Planning Application

We don't expect other developers will want to waste money on a plot of land so valued by the local community, designated an Asset of Community Value , supported by local Town and District Councillors and MPs past and present, celebrities from Ken Loach to Michael Morpurgo to James Lovelock - even the Prime Minister has held up a Buy Manning's Pit poster.

Few farmers would be interested in land of poor agricultural value so close to the town and used by so many people.

Now we have a deadline, let's see how much we can raise in the next three weeks, let's show how much Manning's Pit means to us all!

And remember, you have nothing to lose if you give £50 or over, as your money will be returned to you if we fail to buy Manning's Pit, either at the Auction or in negotiations later. Please note as well: the majority of our donations so far have been by cheque. You can also donate online or though BACS as shown in links above.

Go to our News Page for regular updates.

About Manning's Pit

Manning's Pit is a magical piece of countryside on the edge of Pilton and Bradiford, two villages now part of Barnstaple. Otters, kingfishers, salmon and rare hazel dormice are all part of the wildlife found there by the river or in the trees.

It may be a small area but it is at the heart of the local community, loved by young and old alike. Generations of local people have walked through these fields, paddled in the river and done their courting there. They have expressed their love for Manning's Pit in hundreds of letters, poems, paintings and photographs, all of which can be seen on our website.

Our fund raising campaign started following the news that the land owners wanted to sell the fields. We - The Friends of Manning's Pit - came together with the Pilton Green Man CIO, charity no 1170742, to help buy Manning's Pit for the local community. We are looking to raise in excess of £250,000 to cover the cost of purchase and enhancements.

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Cheques should be made payable to "Buy Manning's Pit" and sent to: The Treasurer, c/o 7 Nursery End, Pilton, Barnstaple EX31 1RA

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BACS Payments

By bank transfer to:

Pilton Green Man CIO
CAF bank
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Account No.: 00033100
Payment Ref: ManPit
Pilton Green Man CIO

Please note that all donations received are accepted on the basis that if we are unsuccessful over the purchase of Manning’s Pit we shall refund donations of £50 or more. Any money not refunded shall be applied for charitable purposes in Pilton and its environs.

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We wish to thank North Devon District Council and Barnstaple Town Council for their support.