WORK has finally begun on the building of new housing on the site of a once popular Wigan pub.
Dorbcrest Homes purchased the Miner’s Lamp pub in Orrell and the land surrounding it last year and quickly razed the premises.
But then many months elapsed without activity, and locals began to wonder whether the development had stalled.
However machinery is now moving on site which by Christmas is set to accommodate 13 houses and a one bed apartment.
Some of the properties will be three-storey builds while some will be the traditional two-storeys.
The Pemberton-based housing company bought the land from Thwaites brewery after they decided that out of eight pubs in the area they owned, only five of them could remain open.
Dorbrest has now unveiled their plans for the site which will see a range of Victorian-style houses.
Managing director Dimpna Boylan said: “The pub has gone so we’ve started on the ground work.
“We are putting 14 houses on there which will be semi-detatched or mews with three bedrooms.
“Selling has already opened on the properties and the plan is to have everything built and people moved in by Christmas.”
Dorbcrest is also making the First buy government scheme available to buyers.
The scheme is designed to enable an eligible buyer to purchase a brand new property, funded by an affordable mortgage and with assistance from a Homebuy Agency and any of the house builders who are participating in the scheme.
Ms Boylan added: “The First Buy scheme really helps first time buyers with their deposit. It means the purchaser only needs five per cent deposit.
“We’re delighted that it is something we have managed to secure for this site.”
Dorbcrest has plans to include features on the homes that would be in character with previous Victorian terraced homes that stood in place of the Miner’s Lamp before the pub was built.
The homes will have features such as sash windows that are aimed to incorporate an original Victorian look and they will also have direct access to the back gardens.
It replaces a once thriving pub and Dorbcrest went through a long procedure to check that the building wasn’t of any importance before they demolished it.