Contentious plans to build 77 houses on a Greenfield site in Landkey have been rejected.The proposal for the land off Birch Road came before North Devon Councils planning committee on Wednesday, with a number of local residents in attendance to make their voices heard. Devonshire Homes outline plans consisted of 77 houses to the north east of the village centre, plus a provision for 250 square metres of employment land and/or a community centre. An appeal has already been lodged against the council for non-determination after a decision on identical plans was deferred earlier this year. Managing director Steve Russell said: We are very disappointed that despite meeting local needs and ring fencing more than £425,000 for education for Landkey children, £225,000 to upgrade the 155 bus to Barnstaple to a half hourly service and committing to provide open space play areas for children, community allotments and the land for a new community hub, that members have opposed our application. We have already appealed an earlier application and feel this has been a missed opportunity to approve the scheme locally, saving both parties the costs of an appeal. But committee members felt development of the site would not be suitable. They were particularly concerned that the public walkway from the site would lead to Acland Road and children would have to walk down the dangerous road to get to school. Another highways issue was also at the centre of the debate. Local residents said that the main Landkey junction from the North Devon Link Road was an accident waiting to happen. Richard Prowse, representing the parish council, said: We are not a nimby village. We have a proud track record of welcoming new development where it is appropriate.