Revised plans for 70 houses in Yelland have been approved.
The proposal is to extend the Allenstyle estate onto green-field land to the south, providing 21 affordable homes as part of a contemporary development.
Planning permission has already been granted to a different developer for 53 homes on the site, but the land will now be sold on to Guy Greenfield Architects.
A decision on the current plans was deferred in April due to concerns that the design was not in-keeping with Allenstyle.
White boundary walls have now been replaced with railings and the houses will incorporate more traditional building materials.
Several local residents spoke again the plans, which include a number of two-storey properties.
Allenstyle is made up of single-storey 1960s bungalows.
Cllr Joe Tucker said: “We have got to build houses.
“I think the architect has addressed every concern that the planning committee raised and he has come up with a very modern, contemporary design which could be a showcase for North Devon.”
Cllr Jasmine Chesters added: “I think it looks rather nice. We’re now 50 years on from when the other houses were built and times have changed.”