Developer seeks to build 41 houses on Pilton beauty spot
A planning application has been lodged for 41 homes on Pilton’s Mannings Pit site.
Summix (Barnstaple) Developments LLP is seeking permission for a residential development with public open space on the higher part of the popular beauty spot site on land off Windsor Road.
Pilton residents launched the Save Mannings Pit campaign in October 2015 after a then-unnamed buyer bought the site at auction.
Campaigners say the picturesque Mannings Pit has been used by generations of local people for walks and leisure.
Local artist Christine Lovelock, who has opposed the development, said: “Manning’s Pit is just as important to the people of Pilton, Bradiford and Barnstaple as Hampstead Heath is to the people of North London.
“It is not just our rural heritage but also our cultural heritage, loved by artists and with links to writers such as Saki, it has been used by locals for as long as living memory can be traced, certainly up to 100 years ago grandparents and great grandparents of people who walk in it today were playing there as children.”
In March last year, the developer’s agents Framptons held a public consultation for an initial proposed scheme of 138 homes.
A statement on behalf of the developer attached to the new application says the proposed site is adjoining existing homes at Pilton on two sides, with Bradiford Water on its northern border.
Next to it is another forthcoming development for 115 houses from Barratt David Wilson Homes that received permission in February last year.
It says the aim is to ‘create an attractive and high quality residential neighbourhood which responds positively to its urban and landscape surroundings’.
The application proposes a ‘green infrastructure network’ that keeps elements of the existing landscape and public footpath.
It says the site is in a ‘low risk’ flood area.
The Mannings Pit application comes as work begins on a new £1.1m roundabout for the nearby Barnstaple hospital junction, which is intended to tackle congestion and increase capacity to accommodate the new developments.