At the recent CLP meeting at the Vivian Moon Center on Thursday the 5th of May, members raised the subject of the proposed development of an area on the edge of Barnstaple called Manning's Pit. A local group called The Friends of Manning's Pit have been organising supporters and have managed to get over 2000 people to add their names to a petition to stop the development of the site.
There was a motion raised at the meeting that the North Devon Labour Party should support the opposition to development on Manning's Pit and we happy to report that member voted in favour of the motion. The party will now do what we can to support The Friends of Mannings Pit group.
To show your individual support you can sign the on-line petition here or visit www.manningspit.com .
Also during the CLP meeting members also raised the issue of 2 more contentious developments in the area that are felt to not benefit local residents. The proposed development are at Yelland, where we recently joined other local groups to show cross-party support and the demolition and development of a Victorian building in Saunton.
These developments raised a wider issue on the subject of planning and the absence of a clear local plan. Marc Cann repeated his is point that “Until we get this plan adopted it is just a developers’ free-for-all.” As a result of this the CLP will table a full discussion on local housing at a future meeting and decide what action the local party can take.