"I am delighted with the news that the application to build houses at Mannings Pit has now been withdrawn. This is a victory for the Friends of Mannings 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".