A UNIQUE chance to own a pocket of land in prime position near a town centre has come up on the market for anyone with £50,000 to spare.

An national advertising agency are selling off parcels of real estate across the country, including a patch of grass housing two large billboards in Darlington.

The advertisement hoardings are hard to miss off Haughton Road, directly opposite the entrance to Bannatyne’s Health Club.

The 20 metre by 20 metre lot is set to go under the hammer at an auction in London next week, as part of the national property auction hosted by Strettons.

The land is currently owned by advertising agency JCDecaux and comes complete with the two billboards for a guide price of £45,000 to £50,000.

Lot 47, Haughton Road, Darlington, is one of the more lucrative auction deals for JCDecaux, which is selling off a number of potential land investments with prices ranging from £9,000 to £90,000.

A spokesman for Strettons said: “The sites were originally used as locations for large advertising billboards, and many of the sites still have the billboards in place.

“In Darlington, the 4,400 sq ft site is located on Haughton Road close to Darlington town centre.

“The site is offered vacant with development potential, subject to all necessary consents.

Strettons’ May auction will take place at 11am on Tuesday, May 21, in Holborn at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA.

Philip Waterfield, director and auctioneer at the national auction house, said: “The plots are the latest in a series of land investment sites we have sold on behalf of JCDecaux, the majority of which have performed well in previous auctions.

“Given their use as billboard locations, many of the sites sit in prominent positions so could suit a range of uses, from keeping them as advertising locations, to developing them into houses, subject to the necessary consents.”

He added: “The sale features a wide range of properties with some unique investment and development opportunities that will appeal to investors and private buyers.”

For more information on the lot, visit strettons.co.uk