A former industrial site near Prestwich could be transformed into a new housing development as a piece of unused land is put up for auction.

The land, situated between Crumpsall and Blackley, and around 2 miles from Prestwich, has been given planning consent to build 76 three and four bedroom homes and will put up for auction this month.

The 13.5-acre site will appear in a sale by property auctioneers Pugh on September 30, with a guide price of £1.5m.

Bury Times: An aerial view of the Blackley Mere siteAn aerial view of the Blackley Mere site (Image: Pugh/Appeal PR)

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The land is bounded by the River Irk and is the site of a former reservoir and the former Bowker Bank industrial estate.

Planning permission for 48 homes was granted in 2012, with proposals for a further 28 homes given the green light by city planners in 2014.

Known as Blackley Mere, the site is as yet undeveloped and it is now being put up for auction by the landowner.

Edward Feather, associate director at property auctioneer Pugh, said: “This is an ideal location to develop family homes.

Bury Times: A digital rendering of the new housing developmentA digital rendering of the new housing development (Image: Pugh/Appeal PR)

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"The quiet riverside and woodland environment make it a really attractive setting for new houses that is only half a mile from the nearest Metrolink stop at Bowker Vale and just four miles from Manchester city centre.

“It’s a fantastic investment opportunity and, not surprisingly, we’ve already seen considerable interest from potential buyers.”

Next month’s Pugh auction, which includes the 13.5-acre Blackley Mere development site, has new lots added daily and will be held on September, 20.