Proposals by Renew Land Developments and Wulvern Housing Association to replace a pub in Crewe with 20 flats have been approved by Cheshire East Council.
Renew acquired and boarded up the failing Rockwood pub, on the corner of Alton Street and Stewart Street, several months ago and will now demolish the vacant building to make way for the homes. There will be 16 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments for social housing, as well as parking.
Lee Dawkin, director of Renew, said: "This development is one that will not only provide affordable social housing in the area, but one that will serve to improve the local surroundings.
"This pub has had a troubled past and suffered a poor reputation in recent times. It's been subjected to several drug raids from police. Locals found it a real problem within the community and it created issues for those living in the vicinity.
"Now, our plans for the site will see it used to create important, affordable housing while also enhancing the visual aspect of the surrounding area."
Work is set to begin on the site in July and is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.
The scheme was designed by architect Barrie Newcombe Associates.