A FORMER post office, shop and petrol station is being auctioned – with planning for residential redevelopment.

Scarborough Borough Council has approved plans to demolish the current buildings and build three new homes with parking on the site in Snainton.

Paul Thompson, managing director of Pugh, which will lead the auction, said: “Changing times have seen small independent food shops undergoing something of a renaissance in the last six months as more people opt to shop locally for their groceries, so there is certainly scope for the property to be resurrected as a successful business.

“However the site also benefits from planning permission that would enable a potential investor to demolish the current buildings and provide much-needed new housing for the village. Either scenario is positive for the local community and an excellent prospect for a buyer. Snainton is a beautiful village in one of the most visited parts of the country, with Scarborough and the North York Moors right on the doorstep.”

The third-of-an-acre site has a guide price of £200,000 and will be auctioned off by Pugh’s on Wednesday, October 21.