DERELICT farmland that was used a sex barn before being gutted by fire remains for sale after an auction.

The 1.3 acre Orford Farm was auctioned off this week with a guide price of £850,000.

But the property failed to sell and remains up for sale.

Orford Farm has something of a chequered past, having previously housed a sex fetish club that featured rooms including a dungeon, a pigsty, a head teacher’s study, a medical room and a school room.

It suffered more than £500,000 worth of damage in March 2012 when 33 firemen were called to tackle a huge fire at the School Lane farm, which neighbours St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School.

Two teens were later jailed for three-and-a-half years for arson after the fire.

The property was the subject of an online auction on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Work on the land could potentially begin imminently, with the site having planning permission for 33 retirement propertys.

Richard Rees, head of John Pye Property Auctions, said: “This site represents an excellent opportunity to develop a retirement complex in a prime residential area.

“It has planning consent to create a two-storey block of 30 one-bedroom apartments and three one-bedroom bungalows.

“The scheme also allows for landscaping, new road access, bin storage and 29 parking spaces.

“Additionally, it also benefits from being situated close to other homes and a wealth of local amenities – including shops, pubs and restaurants.”