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Buyers on camera as toilet block is sold for £68,500

Property buyers were engaged in enthusiastic bidding as a public toilet block in Darley Dale sold for £68,500 at SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s latest auction at Pride Park Stadium, Derby.

The public conveniences in Station Road, Darley Dale, which had a *guide price of £35,000+, has the potential to be used as a shop, office or other business, with space to extend, all subject to planning permission.

The toilet block was one of the more unconventional lots which were sold in front of the BBC Homes Under The Hammer TV crew at the third auction of the year for the East Midlands’ most successful property auctioneer.

Another unusual lot was a car park off Markeaton Street, Derby, with the potential for use as a development site. It had a guide price of £25,000+ and sold for £47,000.

A development opportunity which has received a great deal of interest is The Glebe, Church Street, Alfreton, a former care home in a conservation area. The property was originally built in 1850 but was extended in the 70s to create more bedrooms. The site now has the potential to be developed, after selling for £450,000 from a guide price of £430,000+.

Back in Derby, the former flagship office of Derbyshire Building Society, 27 East Street was snapped up for £175,000 from a guide price of £150,000 and was described by auctioneer Andrew Parker as “a great buy”.

Houses and flats were as popular with buyers as ever, with some particularly fast bidding at the start of the auction for 10 Balfour Road, Derby, an end-terrace which sold for £80,000 from a guide price of £25,000+ and a semi-detached bungalow in Alvaston, 24 Bracknell Drive, selling for £98,500 from a guide price of £45,000+.

There were some budget buys, too, with a flat in the city – Flat 4, 46 Hartington Street – selling for £29,000 from a guide price of £28,000+ and a terraced house, 4 Ann Street, Creswell, selling for £51,500 from a guide price of £48,000.

And one bidder managed to bag himself a matching pair of properties when two adjoining two bedroomed cottages in Foston went under the hammer separately. 8 Uttoxeter Road and 12 Uttoxeter Road have the potential to be converted into one large family home and sold for £66,000 each from a guide price of £65,000+.

In total, the sale raised over £4.2million for sellers and auctioneer and managing director Andrew Parker was delighted with the results.

He said: “It’s not often you sell a care home, a car park and a toilet block on the same day but you always get variety at a property auction, and it’s fascinating to see the amazing transformations that people carry out on their purchases.”