TWO drive-thru restaurants could soon open beside a new waterfront housing development in Winsford.

The proposed food outlets and houses are set to be built on waste land on the junction of the A54 and New Road overlooking the River Weaver.

The land left empty for decades is earmarked for regeneration after Cheshire West and Chester Council and its partner Public Sector Plc made an agreement with the Lane End Group to transform the 2.7 acre site.

Developers say the land is in a prime location and gateway into the town centre.

Modern residential accommodation will be available for affordable rent or shared ownership.

The new development will have a promenade overlooking the waterfront and offer much improved access along the river and connect other routes around the town.

Paul Brown, Public Sector Plc director, said: “Working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council we’re helping to regenerate land which has been vacant for many years to deliver socio-economic benefits for the community.”

Richard Harrison, Lane End Group managing director, said “This is a really exciting development in an area we know well. Lane End is already active in Winsford through our 215-unit development on Rilshaw Lane and we have built up strong links with the local community through our social enterprise, Lane End New Beginnings.

“We’re part of that community and for us to join forces with Public Sector Plc on this scheme would allow us to make a significant contribution to the ongoing regeneration of the area, providing a new high-quality environment for much needed homes on brownfield land.”

The development is expected to be considered by council planners next month.