A small plot of land in Salford has topped the list in CABE's competition to find the worst wasted space in Britain.
The winner - on the site of a former primary school demolished 10 years ago - saw off competition from other proposed plots in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stockport.
The design watchdog's new offshoot CABE Space and the RICS have committed to finding a budget to do up the land.CABE believes the Ascension Road site - announced as the winner on Radio 4's Today programme on Monday - illustrates the problems of the estimated 7,000ha of wasted land in England.
Ascension Road resident Val Broadbent, who nominated the site, said she was delighted it won.'It would be wonderful if it could be turned into a play area for the local children and a communal garden for residents.
'We have been campaigning to clear it up for years but have come up against a brick wall when trying to find out who is responsible for it, ' she added. 'At the moment it is an eyesore and a waste.'