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A derelict pub and café in the heart of Cheshire named the Greedy Pig is being transformed into affordable housing by a JV North member.

Weaver Vale Housing Trust’s (WVHT) development sees 46 much-needed high-quality affordable rented homes being built in Winsford.

Bringing the site – which has sat vacant for seven years – back into use allows the Trust to grow its affordable house building plan.

WVHT secured affordable homes grant funding of £1.9 million from Homes England which was bid for via JV North.

The overall scheme value is £6.7 million.

Construction company Lane End Group is on-site building the homes in a scenic location overlooking the River Weaver.

Wayne Gales, Chief Executive of WVHT and Chairman of JV North, said: “This development will bring much needed homes to Winsford that local people can afford.

“It will also provide a welcome boost for local employment during what is a really challenging time and support the Trust’s aim to create vibrant communities.”

The development consists of six two-bedroom and four three-bedroom homes along with 20 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom apartments.

All properties will feature designated parking with green spaces providing a focal point for residents.

The Trust and Lane End Group are working with local communities to support a number of new jobs to work on the site and also involving local schools.

Richard Harrison, Lane End Group Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Weaver Vale Housing Trust on this exciting project – the first we will deliver as a partnership.

“We are already engaged with the local community in Winsford through our work at Rilshaw Lane where we are building 215 units and we expect that to continue in the future.”

Work is due to be completed in March 2022.