An appeal to build 59 controversial homes at Bickington has been granted by a Government inspector- and branded as planning gone mad. The Mead Park extension plan was turned down by North Devon Council last July but developer Wainhomes appealed against the decision and it has now been given the green light by the planning inspectorate. Inspector David Spencer said in his conclusion the benefits of the new mixed market and affordable homes would outweigh the moderate impact on the estuary landscape. He also said because the council was unable to demonstrate it had a five year land supply of housing sites, there was more emphasis in favour of sustainable developments. But Bickington district councillor Rodney Cann called it planning gone mad and said Bickington would be submerged in development. It is visible from part of the Tarka Trail and we are already under significant pressure from three separate developments plus the massive one for Fremington army camp as well as other areas of Yelland, he said. It is a step too far and it certainly sets a very dangerous precedent. I think the inspectors report is utter nonsense - if you take into consideration the developments taking place around this, the only people who will benefit are the developers. The North Devon Gazette has approached Wainhomes for a comment.