A CITY centre playing field is going under the hammer with a guide price of £115,000.

The site of the field for sale in Battenhall Road, which features parking, a pavilion and storage shed, totals around 6.58 acres.

The area is going up for public auction, through Andrew Grant, at the Crown And Sandys in

Ombersley on Tuesday, April 17.

The description on an advert for the site reads: “The site amounts to around 6.58 acres and incorporates a tarmacked driveway, large grassed playing field, tarmacked parking area, a pavilion building providing changing and shower facilities, and a separate storage shed.

“The playing field is situated off Battenhall Road, in a residential area close to Worcester city centre, and well positioned for access to the M5."

The advert says the site is currently leased to the University of Worcester and at the end of the lease, in August, university staff have been instructed to remove all non-fixed items belonging to the University of Worcester, from the pavilion and grounds store.

The promotional material says 50 per cent of the access to the site, between the road and the gate and down the driveway, is owned by the university.

It adds that the university could reinstate a dividing fence running the full length centrally to the access drive, and an individual gate system serving each side of the fence.

The agents notes says asbestos has been identified at the property, and “it is understood that there is an easement for Severn Trent to access a drainage pipe which runs along the edge of the land.”

The advert's agents notes add: "If there is an onward sale of the playing field within a period of two years then the order of St Marie Madeleine Postel would receive 80 per cent of any profit."

Battenhall city councillor Steve Mackay said yesterday he had only just heard that the site was for sale, and he had not heard so far rumours of any interest from developers, who could potentially turn the site into a residential or industrial site.

Cllr Mackay said: “It is difficult to speculate what type of development it could be at the moment. Obviously there is a national need for more homes. I haven't heard any rumours."

The advertisement can be found at rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-64357327.html.