A landfill site in Godmanchester fetched £600,000 at an auction held on Friday.

The 12-acre site, located to the north east of Godmanchester, off Cow Lane, attracted plenty of interest from contractors and was described by auctioneers Cheffins as “very rare”.

Cheffins said that the site has been used in the past to extract gravel and clay but had remained dormant for a period of several years.

Permission exists for the site to be restored back to a mineral extraction site, with the possibility of infilling inert waste, such as building waste.

With the construction of the new A14 expected to begin in the months ahead, the auctioneers anticipated a lot of interest from contractors.

The site also included two disused agricultural buildings and a water balancing area.

Ian Kitson, associate at Cheffins, said: “Such opportunities are very rare, and accordingly the land generated a significant amount of enquiries pre-auction from a variety of buyers across the country.”