The decision to drop plans for 41 homes on a Barnstaple beauty spot has been welcomed by North Devon’s MP.

Peter Heaton-Jones said the move was a victory for campaigners who fought against the proposed development at Manning’s Pit.

But he warned developers will still want to build houses on the site in Pilton in the future.

The controversial plans were initially submitted by Summix (Barnstaple) Developments LLP and at this stage it is not known why the proposals were withdrawn.

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Mr Heaton-Jones said: “I am delighted with the news that the application to build houses at Manning’s Pit has now been withdrawn.

“This is a victory for the Friends of Manning’s Pit campaign group and for the whole community who have fought so hard to achieve this outcome.

“I have always opposed any development at this beautiful location, and indeed arranged for the Environment Agency to visit the site to strengthen our arguments against the plans.

“However, we must be on our guard. These plans have not gone away for good. I feel sure the developers will not give up and will want to build houses there one day. We must be ready to keep fighting.

“But, for the moment, this shows how much a good community campaign can achieve, and I congratulate everyone who has made it happen.”