Outline planning permission for 77 new houses in Landkey has been granted by a government planning inspector. Plans for the Mazzard View scheme at Birch Road were refused by North Devon Council in July last year due to concerns over safe access to the 4.8-hectare greenfield site. But an appeal by house builder Devonshire Homes was upheld by the Planning Inspectorate on Friday. Planning inspector Nick Fagan said he was satisfied that the scheme provided safe and suitable access for pedestrians. Steve Russell, managing director of Devonshire Homes, said: We are delighted that the principle of development has now been established for this site and we will now start to prepare our detailed plans to provide urgently needed housing for local people. As part of this development, more than £425,000 has been ring-fenced for education for Landkey children; £200,000 to upgrade the 155 bus to Barnstaple to a half hourly service; and £125,000 for improvements to the Landkey Junction on the A361. In addition to this, we have committed to provide open space play areas for children, community allotments and the land for a new community hub. The development will include 35 per cent affordable housing. This is a scheme that complies with all of the government guidance and will readily deliver housing the area so badly needs, added Mr Russell.