Two parcels of council land in Cornwall with a guide price of £500 per plot ended up selling for a combined £47,000.

Cornwall Council had instructed the sale of the plots off Eliot Road in St Austell.

One parcel of land, adjacent to 48 Eliot Road, with road access, fetched £31,550, while the second, located next to 36 Eliot Road, went for £15,550 when the hammer came down.

Both plots measure approximately 0.02 hectares (0.05 acres) and the same buyer purchased the freehold of both parcels of land.

They were among 135 lots listed in the latest auction being held Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers.

Auctioneer David Henwood said: “There was keen interest in these parcels of land.

“With their location in an established residential area, the new owner may consider a range of future uses for the two sites, subject to the necessary consents.

“Land remains in demand, especially sites already benefitting from planning permission.”

Clive Emson Auctioneers holds auctions eight times a year.

The next auction ends on Wednesday, March 20, with bidding opening 48 hours beforehand.

Lot entries close on Monday, February 26, with the catalogue available from Friday, March 1.