A bid by Sutton Parish Council to buy a piece of land for the village has failed after it sold for £60,000 more than the guide price.

Despite pledges of £18,000 from residents, which would have been matched by the council, it was not enough to buy Alvic Field, off Holme Lane, which was sold for £70,000.

Described as “agricultural or amenity land”, the field was also described at last week’s auction in Leeds as somewhere to build houses, walk the dog or as a garden extension.

In a statement, the parish council said it was disappointed but grateful to all those who came forward with offers of financial help.

“The council is disappointed in not acquiring the land on behalf of the village but would like to express how well the community came together in our bid to improve appearances and amenities in the village.”

The statement continued: “We would like to thank all those who attended the village meeting, those who pledged money towards the bid and wrote to the council expressing their support.”

There is no indication at this stage what will happen to the field.