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Old pub provides affordable homes

The conversion
The Admiral Inn has been converted into flats and cottages

A pub which sat empty for two years after its closure has been converted into low cost housing in Devon.

The Admiral Inn in Exeter has been turned into four flats, two cottages and a barn conversion with a £1.2m investment by a housing association.

Long waiting lists currently mean that many people have to wait months for affordable housing.

Specialist craftsmen were brought in to preserve the unique period features of the 18th century building.

The pub has been converted into low-cost housing

Housing association Cornerstone oversaw the conversion as part of the Empty Homes Partnership with Exeter City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency in Devon.

Rick Williams, chief executive of Cornerstone, said: "This development is really special and has seen the reconstruction of a former focal point in the community into quality homes for local people.

"I'm a big fan of traditional pubs and I'm very sad to see them shut, but when they do then at least it's good to see them put to good use providing homes for people that need them."

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