Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

WATCH: Short film highlights Magic of Mannings Pit in Barnstaple

PUBLISHED: 09:23 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:08 22 March 2016

Stills from the Magic of Mannings Pit film.

Stills from the Magic of Mannings Pit film.


A film producer and director who has led expeditions across the globe has produced a short film about a Barnstaple beauty spot under threat from developers.

A television producer and director who has made programmes for most of the major broadcasters has produced a film about Mannings Pit in Barnstaple.

Martin Kemp has led film expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, has trekked jungles and deserts and climbed mountains and volcanoes.

And now he has produced The Magic of Manning’s Pit, a short film highlighting the beauty spot in North Devon.

The film, which you can watch above, was launched in a ‘guerrilla premiere’ at a consultation for 140 new homes in Pilton yesterday (Monday).

Martin, who’s showreel includes documentaries for BBC, Channel Four, National Geographic and Discover, said the film was shown ‘non stop’ to people yesterday.

Martin said: “There is such a strong feeling, this is more than just a group of NIMBYS, this is something special.”

There has been strong public opposition to any development on the Mannings Pit site since it was sold at auction in October to an unnamed buyer.

Local people say generations have grown up enjoying walking and playing at the picturesque meadow.

Developer Framptons says it is working on a scheme for up to 138 affordable and open-market homes on the land off Windsor Road.

It says the proposal will include a range of family homes, public open space and an ‘ecology park’.

Related articles

Other News Stories


Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Read more

An urgent fundraising appeal has been launched to raise £20,000 to give a much-loved North Devon nurse with terminal cancer more time with her children.

Read more

Tributes have been paid following the death of staunch North Devon health services campaigner Phillip Wearne.

Read more

An Ilfracombe drug user who sexually abused three under-age girls after smoking cannabis with them has been told he will receive a long jail sentence.

Read more

It’s the first day of spring, the clocks go forward at the weekend and it’s also International Day of Happiness. So forget the snow - summer is round the corner!

Read more

Firefighters were called out after reports of a chimney fire in Braunton last night.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:28

Two councils are refusing to pay their contribution towards resurfacing works in Bideford until the work is brought up to scratch.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:38

Tributes have been paid to a ‘beautiful’ teenager who died in a collision near Snapper on Friday.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:02

Bideford, Appledore and Westward Ho! have all been designated ‘plastic free’ by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).

Read more
Yesterday, 12:23

Driving conditions could remain dangerous in North Devon tonight (Monday) with a yellow weather warning in place for ice from 7pm.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: -2°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications