Work has begun on a project to develop affordable properties in a village in Cheshire.

Sanctuary Group is responsible for the new complex at the Station Road site in Ince. It was taken over by the Chester & District Housing Trust earlier this year.

The housing provider will develop a collection of 20 cost-effective homes as part of a project which will cost around £2.2m. The Homes and Communities Agency provided the finance.

This will no doubt be good news for those who were thinking of investing in a home in the area. Buyers may now get the chance to look at loft conversions in Cheshire sooner rather than later.

The development will include 15 three-bed properties and another and five two-bed houses; all of which are expected to be completed in August of next year.

Sanctuary’s head of development, David Soothill, said:

“We will be transforming this land over the next 12 months to create high quality family homes, to be made available on an affordable rental basis.

“Working with our contractor, Seddon, we will also be looking to create local job opportunities throughout the build process.”

Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Graham Heatley paid a visit to the site recently. He said that due to the rising costs of private renting and deposits, families are finding it difficult to meet housing costs and as such, he welcomes the development. He further expressed his delight at the opportunity to monitor its progress in the months ahead.