WORK to build the first 46 homes on the former Greedy Pig site in Winsford is due to get underway this month.

The building was demolished in 2013 and the land, between New Road and the River Weaver, has been vacant ever since.

But after receiving planning permission in March, Lane End Group and Weaver Vale Housing Trust is now getting ready to transform the site.

A total of 46 affordable homes will be built in the first phase of the scheme, which the developers hope to complete by March 2022.

Wayne Gales, chief executive at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “This development will bring much needed new affordable homes to Winsford, and will play an important part in improving access to high quality, affordable homes for local people.

“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.”

Weaver Vale secured grant funding from Homes England for the scheme, which will be built by Lane End Development Construction Ltd.

The first phase will include of six two-bedroom and four three-bedroom homes, along with 20 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom apartments, plus green space and designated parking.

Winsford schools will be involved as part of the project, while the developers are hoping to use local workers on-site.

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

“This announcement is really exciting news. We’ve been working on this project for some time and now we will see 46 new homes for people of all ages in Winsford.

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

A further 32 homes could also be built at the site, with Lane End holding outline planning permission for the second phase.

That decision proved controversial, with Winsford Labour group calling for it to be overturned because the land is earmarked for business development in the town’s neighbourhood plan.

The developer needs to come back to Cheshire West and Chester Council with detailed plans on the design before it can begin work on the second phase.

Homes from the first phase of the scheme will be available via Weaver Vale’s lettings application system at